How others could follow in our footsteps?

The CORE project produced a number of tools that can be reused or adapted to solve specific problems. In this blog post, we are going to explain how do we envisage this to happen and describe how can our team assist. Some of the answers were developed during the last Advisory Board meeting that took place on Monday 25th July.

1) Development of subject based repositories as aggregations of content from a set of existing Open Access repositories – the CORE harvesting software can be easily set to perform metadata and content harvesting from any set of OAI-PMH compliant repositories. The fact that CORE provides access to the full-texts enables us to apply different text mining and classification methods to filter the content to be finally presented to the user.

2) Providing mobile access to publications stored in Open Access repositories – the mobile client developed within the CORE project can be used for searching and accessing content stored in any set of Open Access repositories. We would assume this might be an interesting functionality also for individual institutions that could provide researchers and students mobile access to all content stored within their institutions. Doing so requires to install the CORE server system and to adapt the mobile client.

3) Integrating the CORE Plugin into institutional Open Access repositories – The CORE Plugin can be reused and easily integrated into institutional OAI-PMH compliant repositories. The CORE Plugin is platform independent and can be integrated into any repository by just adding a piece of Javascript code into the web page. The design of the Plugin can be customised using an attached CSS style.

4) Reusing the RDF triples exposed – Third party tools addressing various resource discovery problems can be developed and can take advantage of the CORE triple store. The repository can be programmatically accessed using the provided SPARQL endpoint.

Our team is ready to provide any advice on these steps. We would suggest those interested in the development or in the reuse of the CORE results to contact us for details.

The project team in KMi would also like to build on top of the existing solution:

First, we would like to increase the number of repositories. In particular, we would like to incorporate more and more OA repositories to reach in the future all OA repositories. This will require us to further optimise the system to allow very efficient content download and also to improve the hardware currently available at the Open University.

Second, we will be closely monitoring the current discussions about the management of research data in the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) community to allow in the future also the inclusion and the integration of research data into the CORE system.

Third, we would like to get involved in projects that take advantage of the developed CORE architecture and apply text mining techniques to extract or derive interesting information from the publications.