Open Access Repositories session at 6th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2012)

The AIMS team participated in the Special track on Metadata & Semantics for Open Access Repositories, Research Information Systems and Infrastructures of the 6th Metadata and Semantics Research Conference (MTSR 2012) in Cádiz (Spain) last November 2012 and presented the paper:

"Reorienting open repositories to the challenges of the Semantic Web: Experiences from FAO’s contribution to the resource processing and discovery cycle in repositories in the agricultural domain"

The paper presents the work that FAO carries out in recommending standards for the encoding and exchange of metadata while also reviewing techniques to help navigate within open repositories and services. It talks about how to improve the visibility of repository content and explains the benefits of inte-grating subject vocabulary tools expressed in SKOS. It concludes with a presentation of use cases integrating these recommenda-tions into DSpace and Drupal customizations.

MTSR2012: Special Track on Open Access Repositories

The special track "Metadata and Semantics for Open Access Repositories, Research Information Systems and Infrastructure" was one of the plenary sessions of MTSR 2012, chaired by Imma Subirats (F.A.O of the United Nations, Rome) and Nikos Houssos (National Documentation Centre, Greece).

MTRS conferences aim to serve as a discussion forum for experts to present recent results and experiences, establish liaisons with other groups, and reflect on the state-of-the-art of metadata and semantic aspects of open access repositories, research information systems and data management in research infrastructures.

The track consisted of 7 presentations (abstracts). While all the presentations were good,the following two presentations were of particular interest, since both are focusing on data and research documents.

CERN: Intergrating Scholarly Publications and Research Data

This presentation focused on the work done at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) of facilitating seamless access to research papers and data through integrating two complementary systems –Inspire and HEPData- to produce a new infrastructure aggregating these two systems together. (Inspire is a digital library of full text, while HEPData concentrated on gathering datasets behind figures and tables).

OpenAIRE Scientific communications e-infrastructure project

The OpenAIRE Scientific communications e-infrastructure project seeks to provide a central entry point to Open Access and non-Open Access publications and datasets funded by the European Commission. This is achieved by having metadata describing data sets and their semantic links to publications and then linking research outputs and projects with funding programmes. The OpenAIREplus data model is building upon known models such as Research information (CERIF) and Research Data Modelling (DataCite)

Proceedings of previous MTSR conferences have been published in the Springer's CCIS (Communications in Computer and Information Science) Series and will be published for MTSR 2012 as well.