1. I presume that all repositories on this list have a library subscription to Web of Science (?), and hence have access to (some) real-time metadata from WoS webservices (http://wokinfo.com/products_tools/products/related/webservices/)? Are many Institutional Repositories using this to pre-populate their repositories? How successful has this been? Are there EPrints or DSpace plugins to facilitate this?
2. Research Councils mandate that metadata on papers arising from our funding should be deposited in appropriate repositories. This includes funder and grantnumber information. Councils have not monitored compliance however - and many repositories do not have these fields - let alone have them fully populated. Since 2008 WoS has been 'mining' funder and grantnumber information from the acknowledgement sections of papers - but less than 30% of those providing a funder name also provide grantnumber - and without this is it difficult to match a multi-authored paper to a particular grantholder. Much editing/checking of this data is therefore needed. Would the following be workable - say from 1 Jan 2012 onwards?
a) Thompson Reuters are approached to include Funder and GrantNumber in their Web Services Lite package (they are currently only available in the premium version).
b) IR packages provide plugins to facilitate access to the WoS/Scopus Web Services (Scopus will provide funder information 'from early 2012').
c) Institutional Repositories are encouraged to use WoS/Scopus Web Services to complete any missing records AND to add Funder and GrantNumber fields.
d) Research Councils ask grantholders to ensure that data in these two fields in their Institutional Repositories (or Thematic Repositories) are CORRECT.
e) An appropriate repository aggregation services provides a faceted search of all [UK-based?] repositories and allows searches by both Funder (dc.contributor.sponsor) and GrantNumber (dc.identifier.grantnumber). The DC fields are the current EThOS standard (http://ethostoolkit.cranfield.ac.uk/tiki-index.php?page_ref_id=47), but there is clearly a need to agree this with other standards agencies - e.g. Driver & Open-Aire. in the EU (what about the US?).
This is tentative proposal focused on the UK - but comments from anywhere on the feasibility/timescale would be welcome. For example the NSF/NIH Funding Dashboard (http://rd-dashboard.nitrd.gov/) makes heavy use of funder information from WoS - it would be interesting to know how mistakes/gaps in this can be corrected in the US?
Gerry Lawson, NERC Research Information Systems, 01793-444417 (o) 07740-068060 (m) [log in to unmask]
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