AIMS Newsletter no.38, March 2015

Focus on COAR - Interest Group"Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets" 

The Interest Group "Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets" (IG-CV) is part of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) activities. It gathers information on controlled vocabularies and their use in application profiles in order to build a knowledge base. This may help to create interoperability bridges between different repository networks and other research infrastructures. A special role has the "info:eu-repo" Application Profile. Originally defined in the metadata guidelines for repository managers participating in the DRIVER and OpenAIRE initiatives the COAR Interest Group has taken over responsibility for its maintenance, advancement regarding modern web standards and transition into a set of COAR Controlled Vocabularies.

What has been achieved

The Interest Group was set up in January 2014 and has now more than 30 members worldwide. While the first virtual meetings were dedicated to adjust the group objectives and initial work plan it has the general possibility to organize webinars on standardization initiatives, e.g. about CASRAI and may offer future events on vocabulary design and technical standards useful for open access repositories. An extensive review process about the vocabularies in the "info:eu-repo" application profile has started in summer 2014. For this purpose an organisational framework was set up by some members from the Interest Group to work closely on this aspect. Following consultation with the interest group the most comprehensive vocabulary about publication types was extended with terms used in research data repositories and e-journals.

By choosing SKOS as a modern web standard format new features can be (potentially) supported:

  • hierarchical grouping of concepts, e.g. by concepts for reviews, conferences, thesis
  • translation of labels, initially done for English, Spanish, Chinese
  • URI based mapping to similar concepts in other vocabularies

A working document has been written outlining the scope, review methodology and the supported controlled vocabularies. It is expected to be published in April 2015. While COAR is not operating any technical infrastructure it has received initial technical support from AgINFRA to allow editing the vocabularies in the VocBench tool. Once the reviewed vocabularies are released it will become necessary to establish the editorial processes and workflows with a board representing information specialists from communities and initiatives willing to adopt and support the COAR-Controlled Vocabularies. Click here for more information.

Highlights from the community

  • Report of the AIMS User Impact Survey. The Reports details AIMS User Impact Survey that was conducted to find out the impact of the AIMS' products and services. The survey revealed that the mostly used products and services on AIMS are Newsletters, Recommendations and Good Practices. Statistics show that AGROVOC pages are still the most visited pages on AIMS. More info
  • agINFRA open access recommendations for agri-food research community. The AgINFRA project introduces a set of recommendations applying to agri-food research community for data management, sharing and dissemination. More info
  • DuraSpace Webinar Series: Integrating ORCID Persistent Identifiers with DuraSpace DSpace, Fedora and VIVO . DuraSpace Hot-topics is opening up a series of webinars targetted at researchers and scholars who wish to attach an identity to their research objects when these are deposited in repositories. More info
  • NISO Launches New Projects to Develop Standards for Bibliographic Vocabulary Exchange. . The voting members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved three new projects to develop standards to better support exchange and interoperability of bibliographic data.More info
  • Colloque international "Libre accès et pays du Sud". The roadmap comes as scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, in particular with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review. More info
  • AGRIS strategy meeting, Athens (Greece). AGRIS Steering Committee (FAO, CAAS and Agro-Know) spent  some days working collaboratively on topics that will formulate the next steps of AGRIS. This is expected to include the outcomes of the AGRIS e-Consultation Survey . More info
  • Springer starts pilot project on Linked Open Data. Springer has now opened selected metadata from conference publications, heeding the European Commission’s call for promoting open data. More info
  • agINFRA :the vision for the future. agINRA (1) ended in February this blog shows the vision after the end of the project. More info

    agINFRA promotes the integration of biodiversity Information in AGRIS. AGRIS database was enriched with bioversity information of the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) through the support of the agINFRA project. More info

Conferences and Workshops

More upcoming conferences can be reviewed on AIMS Calender of Events, a selection is below

Upcoming Webinars

The following webinars are on schedule ,

  • 23 April 2015. The HIMALDOC Webinar, by Anil Kumar Jha and Anja Møller Rasmussen from HIMALDOC
  • 5 May 2015. CKAN Webinar by Ivan Ermilov
  • 7  May 2015. Fedora Webinar by David Wilcox from Fedora Product Manager


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"A review of the COAR Interest Group Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets" an interview with Jochen Schirrwagen

Jochen Schirrwagen is research fellow at Bielefeld University Library, Germany. He is the chair of COAR Interest Group "Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets and he also works for the OpenAIRE 2020 project and is responsible for the bibliographic metadata aggregation from data sources. The AIMS Editorial team asked Jochen Schirrwagen three brief questions on COAR Interest Group "Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets in form of an interview and he shares his views

Read the interview "A review of the COAR Interest Group "Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets" found in the AIMS Interviews section.

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