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RDA launches a new Domain Repositories Interest Group

The Research Data Alliance, has set up the Domain Repositories Interest Group. This group is an addition to already existing interest groups within the RDA. The purpose and objectives of this group are stated on the group's page which are reproduced below.
About the Domain Repositories Interest Group
"The Domain Repositories Interest Group will bring together active data repositories that serve specific scientific disciplines.  Domain repositories provide archiving services tailored to the needs of scientific communities, and they mediate between domain scientists and rapid changes in information and data science.


Phase One of GACS approved– Read the reports!


The Steering Group of the GACS (Global Agricultural Concept Scheme) project has approved the final results of Phase One.

Version 1.0 of the Status Quo and Integration Proposal reports are now accessible, see attachments at the bottom of this post.



TO AGROVOC editors: VocBench in read-only mode from July 8 until further notice


We are preparing a new release of AGROVOC. In order to do so, we need to temporarily stop any new editing operation on AGROVOC.

Starting from Wednesday, 8 July, 11 am CEST (UTC/GMT +2), VocBench will be accessible in read-only mode. You will be promptly informed as soon as new edits will be allowed again.

The stop is expected to last only a few days.

Thank you for your understanding!

The AGROVOC team


Chinese Academy of Sciences issues Open Acces policy


You can read the original post at: http://english.cas.cn/Ne/CASE/201405/t20140516_121037.shtml

Researchers & students required to deposit in open access repositories

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) will promote open access to scientific articles generated from publicly funded research, the academy announced Thursday in Beijing. 

In a statement, CAS said it will require its researchers and graduate students to deposit final, peer-reviewed manuscripts of research articles into the open access repositories of their respective institutes within 12 months of their official publication in academic journals.

CAS will also encourage researchers to deposit previously published articles into their respective institutional repositories as well.


User Manual for VocBench version 2.1 available for download


The User Manual for VocBench version 2.1 is now available! It is accessible by clicking on one of the links in this post or from the VocBench Support Material page on AIMS.

The manual provides users of VB v2.1 with detailed explanatory information on how to use the tool, covering the new modules - Schemes, Statistics, Export, Import, SPARQL - and functionalities.

It is a living document which will be updated as required. Still some of the figures may not correspond 100% to the current user interface.

If you read something that is not clear enough or if you think of something that should be added, please write us at aims@fao.org.

For more information on the release of version 2.1 see the post: VocBench 2.1 rolled out!


Webinar on OpenAIRE compatibility for repositories


OpenAIRE is offering open webinars on OpenAIRE compatibility for repositories on Tuesday, March 18 and on Tuesday, April 1.

Webinar details

Tuesday, March 18
11:00 – 12:00 CET (DSpace repository platform)
14:00 – 15:00 CET (proprietary platforms)
15:30 – 16:30 CET (EPrints repository platform)
or Tuesday, April 1
11:00 – 12:00 CET (proprietary platforms)
14:00 – 15:00 CET (EPrints repository platform)
15:30 – 16:30 CET (DSpace repository platform)

The purpose of the Webinars


Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles


A new declaration has been issued to guide the citation of data, in the same way other research outputs are cited in the practice of scholarship. The declaration was crafted by a group of more than 40 individuals representing 25 organisations.

The objective of the Declaration

The preamble of the declaration states,


"iMarine Data Platform for Collaborations" Workshop


On 7th March 2014, iMarine is organizing the interactive workshop iMarine data platform for collaborations. The objective is to showcase "a set of practical solutions, demonstrating how the Ecosystem Approach related information (and not only) can be collaboratively managed, shared, and analyzed in secure and very cost-effective applications." (Agenda)


RDA’s Publishing Data Interest Group proposes 4 new Working Groups


The Publishing Data Interest Group of the Research Data Alliance brings together all stakeholders involved in publishing research data. Its goal is to address the implementation of workflows for publishing data and therefore help establish appropriate supporting infrastructure.

A couple of days ago the Interest Group issued a proposal for four new Working Groups under the title "Data Publishing 2020" on the following topics:


UNESCO launches Open Access repository based on Creative Commons 3.0 Intergovernmental Organisation License


UNESCO launched its new Open Access Repository, making its publications freely available and providing "the public with an insight into the work of the Organization so that everyone is able to discover and share what UNESCO is doing." (An open door to UNESCO's knowledge)

The Repository contains more than 300 books, reports, and articles in 12 languages, including major UNESCO reports and key research publications. Hundreds of other reports and titles will be made available in the near future.