RDA/WDS Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) WG


Group details

Adrian Burton, Martin Fenner, Paolo Manghi, and Wouter Haak
Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Larry Lannom
Case Statement: 

RDA WDS Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) WG (Draft) Agenda - P9 Barcelona

Wednesday April 5th 11.30 - 13.00

  • Short update on Scholix ‘where do we stand’
    • Technical: status scheme / protocols / API / software
    • Progress on communication and adoption of the 5 stakeholder groups
  • Short presentation from Eleonora Presani (Scopus) who has adopted DLI API on Scopus platform as an example
  • Break up in subgroups; organized by use-case. The ambition is to make this true working sessions to see if we can move from outline to real adoption more broadly. Example use-cases we want to do discuss are:
    • Use case: Publisher paper=>data linking use case; e.g. CCDC/Pangaea - Elsevier - DLI example: want to replace Pangaea bidirectional linking with DLI service
    • Use case: Institution wants their IR (institutional repo) datasets added to DLI service - what to do?
    • Making the Scholix to CrossRef linking work in practice. Publishers contributing datarepo links to Crossref - getting last obstacles out of the way so that they appear in Scholix
    • How can a Datacenter get data citations from Crossref - what to do?
    • As a publisher how to make use of DataCite Scholix info?
    • One breakout specifically for new people: broader update & more background and less focused on solving a specific use-case
  • Outcome should be a ‘one page manual/summary’ to be presented back to main group
  • Next steps

Session will be chaired by: Adrian Burton, Martin Fenner, Paolo Manghi, Wouter Haak


This WG is the follow up from the: RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services WG

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, https://rd-alliance.org/groups/rdawds-publishing-data-services-wg.html.  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.

This WG has been endorsed by the scientific committee of ICSU-WDS and is still under TAB review by RDA. 


How to participate:

  1. First, create an account on the RDA website and subscribe to this working group.
  2. Then join the Working Group Forum:
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Shared files are stored in the following folder: RDA-WDS Publishing Data Services

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