A New Way to Follow the Research Trail – D-Lib Magazine – September October 2013

Posted on September 17, 2013. Filed under: Research |

A New Way to Follow the Research Trail – D-Lib Magazine – September October 2013

Contributed by: Balviar Notay, Programme Manager, JISC, United Kingdom

“The need to find good quality research has probably never been greater. Researchers need to find collaborators, research managers want to develop commercial partnerships, and funders have to demonstrate the value of their investments.

Discovering and tracking research outputs across different scholarly systems, however, is more difficult than it should be. The key to finding a solution to this problem is the systematic collection and use of good, standardised metadata – information about the books, papers and articles that researchers produce.

Over the years, various metadata schemas and models for scholarly outputs have emerged, but they have led to a very fragmented metadata landscape. Repositories have taken different approaches to metadata implementation – some have gone down the tailor-made route, customising metadata fields to suit their own particular requirements or preferences, while others have simply adopted the default option with their software or applied known metadata schemas. This difference of approach has made interoperability between scholarly systems within institutions and those held by funders hard to achieve.

So, in April 2013, Jisc and UKOLN launched the first release of a new Metadata Application Profile and associated guidelines. Known as RIOXX, it will enable the efficient tracking of research outputs across scholarly systems. Crucially, RIOXX mandates the collection of metadata describing funder names and unique project identifiers. Reliably linking funding information with research outputs will benefit anyone needing to track research across scholarly systems.”

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