The Validator service performs validation checks on both the quality of implementation of the OAI-PMH protocol and the conformance of the metadata to the specific schemas. It is a rule based system which also provides an admin panel that allows its users to easily configure the individual validation rules and sets of rules, that implement the guidelines.
OpenAIRE uses it to validate all its registered content providers (literature repositories, OA publishers, data repositories/archives, aggregators, CRIS systems) to the OpenAIRE guidelines.
If validation succeeds the data source can be registered for regular aggregation and indexing in OpenAIRE.
OpenAIRE allows for registration of:
The Validator service is available through the OpenAIRE PROVIDE dashboad, so the user needs to have an OpenAIRE account to access it. Logging into the PROVIDE dashboard, the user will have access to the Validator and Registration services, accessible through the top left menu as shown in the image.
The Validator service includes two main steps to perform the aggregation and indexing of your datasource in OpenAIRE:
1st: Validate your datasource
Test the compatibility of your data source (repository, journal or aggregator) to the OpenAIRE guidelines.
2nd: Register your datasource
Register your data source in OpenAIRE.
Before you start the registration, please verify the following information:
|For Literature repositories:||Make sure your repository is already registered in OpenDOAR, the authoritative directory of institutional and thematic OA repositories.|
|For Data repositories:||Make sure your data repository is registered in Re3Data, the global registry of research data repositories from different academic disciplines.|
|For OA Journals and Aggregators:||Make sure that your data source is compatible with the OpenAIRE Literature Guidelines.|
To perform the registration of your data source, follow these steps:
Once you have finished the registration of your data source, the information will be validated by the OpenAIRE Aggregation team, who will contact you if further information is needed. After this process and if validation succeeds, your data source will join the OpenAIRE infrastructure and their content will be regularly aggregated and indexed to contribute to the OpenAIRE Research Graph.
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