Implementing RDA outputs for Scholarly Communication

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02 October 2018 2221 reads

An adoption story from OpenAire

OpenAIRE implemented the RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services WG Outputs to link datasets from institutional repositories.


“Information sharing is good, the more the better. Sharing links today is not easy and common hubs are missing. Contributing to the OpenAIRE Scholexplorer Service means opening up links to the wider community, collecting links from t Scholexplorer can enhance and contribute to the OpenAIRE infrastructure mission.” Emphasises Paolo Manghi, Technical Manager on OpenAire and Researcher at Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell’Informazione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Pisa, Italy


Which RDA outputs have been implemented?

OpenAIRE is an EC-funded initiative that aims to support the Open Access policy of the European Commission via a Networking and a Technical infrastructure. The OpenAIRE services populate a wide graph of interlinked scholarly objects: publications, datasets, authors, organizations, data sources, funders, and projects. It acts as a data source for the OpenAIRE Scholexplorer Service , developed by the RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services Working Group, exposing its literature – dataset links collected and inferred from institutional repositories.

OpenAire implemented:

  • RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services WG Outputs:  A framework for sharing information about the links between literature and research data.

  • Scholix Interoperability Framework: Interoperability framework for exchanging information about the links between scholarly literature and data. The EC-funded initiative aims to support the Open Access policy of the European Commission via a Networking and a Technical infrastructure. 


Lessons learned on RDA Outputs

Scholarly data sources should all become Scholix compliant in order to export links in an interoperable way, participate to the Scholix ongoing discussions and, most importantly, to consider the inclusion of links collected from other parties, such as the Scholexplorer service.

Seamless exchange of information about literature and related data will facilitate re-use, reproducibility and transparent evaluation of science; all steps made in this direction are immensely valuable.


Implementing RDA Outputs for Scholarly CommunicationRead OpenAire’s practical experience on adopting these outputs here.

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The adoption story series

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) currently hosts over 60 Interest Groups and more than 30 Working Groups consisting of experts who are working on various topics related to (open) research data and innovation. These working groups produce the RDA outputs: the technical and social infrastructure solutions enabling data sharing, exchange, and interoperability.

For you, to see how to implement the RDA outputs to improve the sharing, exchange and interoperability of your own data. We’ve asked RDA members who have already adopted RDA outputs, to share their experience and lessons learned in a story. Find here a series of RDA adoption stories by individuals, organisations and projects.