Building innovative services on top of OpenAIRE
OpenAIRE has a unique graph of information on scholarly output, with a huge potential to be reused and exploited. Earlier this year, OpenAIRE launched a tender call for services to seek innovative ideas that will improve the OpenAIRE infrastructure services and its overall uptake. Overall, 5 proposals covering two categories were selected and funded, and the services are already available to OpenAIRE and the wider community.
What were the outcomes? Below is a list of the five interesting projects!
A. REPOSITORY TOOLS AND SERVICES
- 4Science works on a better integration of OpenAIRE with several open-source software, especially implementing OpenAIRE Guidelines for Data Archives in Dataverse and DSpace-CRIS. Read blog post
- Metis2OpenAIRE enables the compatibility of CRIS systems with OpenAIRE by using the updated CERIF-XML Guidelines for CRIS Managers; it also developed a validator to check CRIS compatibility. Read blog post
B. ADDED-VALUE SERVICES
- Matchbook works on keyword search drawing information from OpenAIRE on institutions, projects and funders to help scientific institutions interested in forming consortia to identify potential partners with the exact disciplinary strengths and competencies they need, rank them according to their previous success in securing funding, and specify searches according to specific national or international funders or even individual funding streams. Read blog post
- Data2paper streamlines the publication process of datasets as data papers via a cloud-based helper app which allows the addition of methodological detail. It is based on Scholix, the framework for scholarly link exchange OpenAIRE is also contributing to. Read blog post
- VIPER helps to get a clear picture of the research output of the projects and also on the impact of the output itself based on the data made available by all the content providers via the OpenAIRE portal. Read blog post
Background: The call aimed to show how open access to publications, data, software and other research artefacts are key in advancing Open Science and innovation. With this call, OpenAIRE came closer to the innovation community to gauge the trends and ideas of the scholarly communication emerging market. It covered two major topics: a) Repository Tools and Services, addressing the lower level of the infrastructure, i.e., the repository /journal/CRIS platform service providers to facilitate services that will improve interoperability and, b) Value-added Services, focusing on the higher level of the scholarly infrastructure, aiming to provide value-added services on top of OpenAIRE’s collected data, i.e., the OpenAIRE scholarly communication graph, which consists of more than 22 mi publications, 600K datasets, 15 funders and 700K grant ids.
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