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Newsletter. VOA3R Special Issue
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What is VOA3R?
The Virtual Open Access Agriculture & Aquaculture Repository (VOA3R) is a 3-year initiative that was launched in June 2010, funded by the European Commission under the CIP PSP programme. It brings together 14 organizations from 10 European countries aiming to facilitate the open sharing of scientific and scholarly research publications and outcomes related to agriculture, food and environment.
VOA3R in Action
MTSR 2011October 12-14, 2011 (Turkey) co-located with the next VOA3R project meeting
MTSR special track on Metadata & Semantics for Open Access Repositories & Infrastructures
MTSR special track on Metadata & Semantics for Agriculture, Food & Environment
The research within VOA3R leading to these results has received funding from the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP), Theme 4 - Open access to scientific information, grant agreement no 250525.
In order to provide an aggregated view on the research content coming from various collections, VOA3R is trying to ingest in a harmonised manner the metadata that various content providers use. A main obstacle in this effort is the fact that the various providers use different metadata specifications/standards (such as Dublin Core and MODS) or even different implementations of the same specifications/standards. To facilitate the process of exposing existing metadata depending on each provider’s development stages, internal data structures, and reality of practices, a set of recommendations on how bibliographic data could be encoded and exposed were produced with the guidance of FAO: the LODE-BD Recommendations v.1.1
One of the issues tackled within VOA3R is the way to represent research entities and stakeholders (such as People, Projects, Institutions and Funding Agencies) using some interoperable and commonly accepted specification or standard. In the context of VOA3R, the partners experimented with an implementation of the Common European Research Information Format (CERIF) data model. CERIF was developed in the late 1980s by the European Union and since 2002 care and custody has been handed to the euroCRIS association.
A joint meeting of VOA3R with euroCRIS took place in Bologna, Italy, on the 25th of May 2011. The aims of the meeting were twofold. On the one hand, VOA3R partners presented the implementation of EuroCRIS’ CERIF standard in VOA3R for the storage of information about researchers, projects and organizations. And on the other hand, the VOA3R technical team presented their initial design ideas for the exposure of CERIF as Linked Open Data, and how this could be combined with FAO’s recommendations on Linked Open Data for bibliographic information (LODE-BD). As a result of the meeting, both groups agreed on initiating a CERIF talk group for Linked Open Data. To further advance in this, the participants agreed to organize a joint meeting in Alcalá de Henares, Spain on July 27th / 28th 2011, hosted by the University of Alcalá.
The VOA3R platform aims to provide an online social networking platform. The objective is to use metadata and semantics technology to deploy a community-focused integrated service for research content and data. It will allow users to express their research activities using explicit models of the scholarly methods and procedures used. The community approach will enable the enhancement of information seeking with extended evaluation elements (as for example, ratings, public reviews, social tagging and links to supporting or conflicting reports) that complement and go beyond the traditional, anonymous peer review process which results are not made available openly. An initial prototype of the VOA3R platform has been set up by the VOA3R team for preliminary testing and experimentation: http://voa3r.cc.uah.es
A Joint EFITA/VOA3R Workshop on Open Access Agriculture & Aquaculture Repositories took place on July 13th in conjunction with the Joint Congress of the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (EFITA 2011) and the World Congress on Computers in Agriculture (WCCA 2011) that took place in in Prague, Czech Republic. The workshop served as a testbed for adopting an alternative review model: instead of blind peer-reviewing, papers submitted to the workshop were reviewed openly via comments through this blog: http://voa3r.blogspot.com. Four papers were submitted, discussed, revised and finally presented at the workshop. Their proceedings will be soon made available as a special volume.
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