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Apr 14, 2019

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The new OpenAIRE Content Acquisition Policy (CAP) is here!

Apr 14, 2019

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We are happy to announce that the new OpenAIRE Content Acquisition Policy (CAP) was published on October, 5 on Zenodo, OpenAIRE’s catch-all repository.

The new CAP
The new CAP defines the conditions under which metadata of scientific products collected from content providers in OpenAIRE will be considered for inclusion in the OpenAIRE information space. Policies specify which typologies of objects are mapped into which OpenAIRE entities (literature, dataset, software, other research products) and which are the minimal quality conditions under which metadata can be accepted.  

Literature, Datasets, Software, other research products
It is important to stress that OpenAIRE collects publications from EC-funded projects as well as every other Open Access (OA) content. In this new CAP version, we expand the scope again to include non-OA content (under certain conditions) too. Specifically, OpenAIRE accepts the metadata records of all scientific products whose structure respect the model and semantics as expressed by the OpenAIRE guidelines. This means that both Open Access and non-Open Access material will be included and links to other products will be resolved where this is possible (i.e. the provided PIDs have a resolver). Please note that we do not exclude non-OA content of repositories compliant with former versions of the guidelines.

We currently collect questions through our National Open Access Desks (NOADs) network and all content providers are invited to contact us and ask us any questions that may arise with relation to the new OpenAIRE CAP here.

Once the process is completed, we will prepare a step-by-step FAQ on how to follow the new OpenAIRE CAP. Stay tuned!

The OpenAIRE service infrastructure harvests metadata about scholarly communication products (literature, datasets, software, and other research products) and links between such products from a range of institutional or subject repositories, national and institutional research information portals, aggregators, e-journals, data repositories, and software repositories. In addition, it infers links between literature and such products via advanced text and data mining techniques (TDM). The resulting information graph (i.e. interlinked sets of objects) is intended to favour monitoring of Open Science and Open Science publishing workflows (e.g. science reproducibility and transparent assessment).
  • Coverage: OpenAIRE will actively pursue harvesting content from European but also non-European repositories.
  • Reproducibility: The OpenAIRE graph aims at linking scientific literature, namely the narration of scientific motivation and process, with all products used or resulting in the relative research activity.
  • Monitoring: The OpenAIRE graph links research products with the funders and projects resulting from their grants
  • Research communities: The OpenAIRE graph links research products with the communities for which they are relevant, in order to provide a (multi-)community-view of the scholarly output
  • Quality Data sources and repositories are quality-controlled: their metadata respects the OpenAIRE guidelines and their import in OpenAIRE is curated by OpenAIRE data curators. Check out all kinds of data providers or just repositories that OpenAIRE currently harvests from.
  • Terms of Agreement for content providers Data source managers read and accept the OpenAIRE Terms of Agreement in order for OpenAIRE to re-use their metadata and Open Access full-text under specific consent, warranties, and license.