status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Adrian Burton , Martin Fenner, Paolo Manghi, Wouter Haak, Rachael Lammey

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries[at]

RDA WDS Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) WG 

Co-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
  • 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.

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:
    • If you have a Google account, please log in and then click "Apply to Join the Group". 
    • If you do not have a Google account, click "New Topic" and you will be invited to create one.
    • Members can start new topics in the forum by using the 'New Topic' button, or by sending an email to

Shared files are stored in the following folder: RDA-WDS Publishing Data Services

  1. This folder can viewed by anyone, but can only be accessed for editing by WG members via their Google account.
  2. Members can view or add comments to existing files in this folder and create new ones.
  3. Members can create new subfolders and organize files by using the 'Open in Drive' button at the top right


Working group is now focused on adoption and implementation, following the final recommendations



[CfP] 2nd call for papers of 1st​ Workshop on Scientific Knowledge Graphs (SKG2020)

by Andrea Mannocci

--- Apologies for cross-posting --- Dear all, I am posting here below the 2nd CfP of this workshop that could be of your interest. Best, Andrea
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Notification of acceptance RDA Plenary 15 session application

by Marieke Willems

Dear group,   Congratulations! Your joint session application  - RDA/WDS Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) WG, Open Science Graphs for FAIR Data IG and Data Description Registry Interoperability (DDRI) WG) - Joining the Dots for Better Research - has been approved and will appear in the RDA Plenary 15 Programme.  Please consider this your official notification of acceptance.  
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RDA Plenary 15 Announcements - Registration and Calls for Co-located Events and Posters Now Open 

by Yolanda Meleco

RDA is excited to announce several important pieces of information related to RDA Plenary 15: Data for Real-World Impact, which will be held from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, MCEC (
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P15 Session Proposal Received

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

Dear RDA Chair, Thank you for your session proposal for Plenary 15 titled “Joining the Dots for Better Research”.  A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance and scheduling details planned to be sent the first week in January.   Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission.   Thank you. Regards, Jamie Petta, on behalf of the RDA Secretariat
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Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear RDA members,    RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020    The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC. Group session application form Joint meeting application form
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Deadline for P15 Group Session Submissions Fast Approaching

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear Group Members,  The deadline for group session submissions for Plenary 15 is 28 November 2019, midnight UTC – just two weeks away. If your group is interested in submitting a session for a working group, interest group or joint meeting session, submissions will only be accepted from your group chairs, so be sure to coordinate with them to ensure proper communication of the submission.    If you are a chair and submitting for a joint meeting session, all chairs involved in that joint session must be notified of the submission. 
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P14 Session Chair Update

by Yolanda Meleco

In preparation for Plenary 14 in Helsinki, please refer to the information presented below pertaining to your breakout sessions.   Remote Participation Remote participation will be available in each meeting room through GoToMeeting, which will be running from the laptop provided by the University. By just opening your presentation on this laptop, remote attendees will be able to view your slides and hear you speak.
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RDA website unavailable due to maintenance on 4 and 5 September 2019

by Sara Pittonet Gaiarin

Dear RDA members,   The following message is to inform you that RDA website is scheduled for a technical maintenance from today 4 September at 10:00 UTC until tomorrow 5 September at 10:00 UTC. Messages sent to RDA Group mailing lists will not be delivered during the maintenance period.   We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.   RDA Team
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RDA's 14th plenary: Article-data linking: how trivial things are changing the world

by Alexandra Delipalta

Dear Working Group members, Congratulations! Your session application Article-data linking: how trivial things are changing the world has been approved. 
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