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Workshop On “Exchanging Information About Data-Literature Links” - An Adopters Meeting of the RDA/WDS Scholarly Link Exchange WG

Date: 05 October 2017

Location: Scuola Normale Superiore, Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7, 56126 Pisa, Italy  - Room Tonelli

WG co-chairs: Adrian Burton (ANDS), Martin Fenner (DataCite), Wouter Haak (Elsevier publishing), Paolo Manghi (OpenAIRE)


The RDA Scholarly Link Exchange Working Group (follow up of the RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services WG) aims to enable a comprehensive global view of the links between scholarly literature and data. The WG leverages existing work and international initiatives to work towards a global information commons by establishing an interoperability framework with guidelines and standards to enable exchange of scholarly links. To this aim, the WG aims to reach a significant consensus by (i) providing support for communities of practice and implementation and (ii) establishing pathfinder services.

The main results of the WG is the Scholix initiative, whose efforts aim to build an open information ecosystem to understand systematically what data underpins literature and what literature references data.  Scholix is a community-driven interoperability framework with buy-in from publishers, datacentres/repositories, service providers, and peak bodies.

The next stage of the Scholix initiative has understandably focused on gathering a critical mass of information about the links between literature and data. Links are collected from publishers, data centres, and repositories and aggregated in the Data-Literature Interlinking Service to populate and openly expose to the world a scholarly communication graph - today counting 3.1M scholarly objects and 17M scholarly links. The service is in BETA and provides search & browse user interfaces as well as a set of REST APIs to query and access the underlying graph.

Today activities are focusing on establishing Scholix APIs at some of the most prominent aggregating scholarly object hubs, including CrossRef (for publishers), DataCite (for data centres), and OpenAIRE (for repositories).

Workshop objective

This workshop brings together a set of early adopters to test/validate these access services against the needs of the consumer applications. The objective is for early or prospective adopters to give feedback to the working group on enablers and barriers to adoption.  It is envisaged that this meeting be a hands-on, solution-based meeting where barriers to integration are identified and addressed directly.


The Workshop outcome could be of interest for a number of RDA WGs & IGs:


  • Data Citation WG
  • PID IG
  • Research Data Repository Interoperability WG
  • PID information Types WG
  • Metadata Standards Catalog/Directory WG
  • Data Description Registry Interoperability WG
  • Metadata IG


Contact: Paolo Manghi, OpenAIRE & CNR-ISTI

Confirmed participants

Andreas Rauber

TU Wien, RDA WG on Dynamic Citation

RDA WG chair

Jonathan Clark

DOI, RDA WG on Persistent Identifiers

RDA WG chair

Helena Cousijn

Elsevier Publishers


Wouter Haak

Elsevier Publishers


Phil Shaw

IOP PUblishing


Lars Nielsen

Zenodo, CERN

Pub Repository

Florian Graef


Pub Repository

Adrian Burton


Data centre

Ian Bruno


Data centre

Uwe Schindler


Data centre

Martin Fenner


PID agency

Tom Demeranville


PID agency

Neil Jefferies

Data2Paper project


Bob Samors

Belmont Forum


Paolo Manghi


Service provider

Sandro La Bruzzo


Service provider

Alessia Bardi


Service provider

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When 09:00 AM–06:00 PM, 05 Oct 2017
Where Pisa, Italy
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