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RDA–WDS Scholarly Link Exchange Working Group

  • Co-chairs: Adrian Burton (Australian National Data Service), Martin Fenner (DataCite), Paolo Manghi (OpenAIRE), Wouter Haak (Elsevier)
  • Case Statement: available here.
  • Group Forum: available here.


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Endorsed by the WDS Scientific Committee (25 October 2016)

The Scholarly Link Exchange Working Group aims to enable a comprehensive global view of the links between scholarly literature and data.  The working group will leverage existing work and international initiatives to work towards a global information commons by establishing:

  • Pathfinder services and enabling infrastructure
  • An interoperability framework with guidelines and standards (see also www.scholix.org)
  • A significant consensus
  • Support for communities of practice and implementation

By the end of this 18 month WG period there will be:

  • A critical mass of Scholix conformant hubs providing the enabling infrastructure for a global view of data-literature links
  • Pathfinder services providing aggregations, query services, and analyses
  • Beneficiaries of these services accessing data-literature link information to add value to scholarly journal sites, data centre portals, research impact services, research discovery services, research management software, etc.
  • Operational workflows to populate the infrastructure with data-literature links
  • Better understanding of current data-literature interlinking landscape viewed from the perspective of e.g. disciplines, publishers, repositories etc.

The working group follows on from the RDA–WDS Publishing Data Services WG. The original working group established demonstrator services enabling infrastructure.  The follow on working group will support the “hardening” of that infrastructure and services as well as an increase in the number of participating hubs and services. The original working group established an interoperability framework. The follow on group will provide further specification, documentation and profiling of that framework to support adoption by link contributors and consumers.  The original working group established a consensus among large infrastructure providers and early adopters; the follow up group will extend that consensus to the next stage of adopters and to a more diverse set of infrastructure providers.  The original working group harnessed the energy and interest of specialists; the follow up group will provide support for a number of communities and services as they implement and adopt the framework and vision established in the original group.

  • See also the WG page on the Research Data Alliance website.