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Comment #00365 - Open Repository for Article Metadata - rp-19-201x_ODI_draft_for_comments_final.pdf (revision #2)

Comment 365
New (Unresolved)
NISO RP-19-201x, Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (draft for comments) (Revision 2)
Comment Submitted by
Lucy Harrison
2013-11-15 12:13:16

Submitted on behalf of myself and Kristin Antelman.  Kristin's comments are: "The broader question comment comes from my experience working with Global Open Knowledgebase (GOKb). People always ask us, are you also doing articles, or are you planning to include articles. The answer is a clear no at this point, but the ODI whitepaper raises the question for me about whether we as a community feel that it would be useful to have a repository of article-level metadata (perhaps not full text) available for all discovery service providers to draw from, rather than a series of bilateral relationships with all content providers. 


The document does a good job of describing where the vendors add value to that data (UI, relevancy ranking, enriched content or services). It seems that it would advance the "fair linking" and transparency issues to have the raw metadata itself located in a central, auditable repository. I suspect the library (and vendor) community will view the annual "statement of non-bias" as a fairly weak incentive, and providing customers with service content listings is great but there's nothing to validate that report against, as there would be if there was a centralized repository. I.e., is the content invisible, incomplete or whatever problem because it was not provided or because it was not properly processed?"

Submitter Proposed Solution

Consider a recommendation for a centralized respository for raw article metadata that can be accessed and used by vendors and customers, and that can serve as an auditing mechanism.