A review of CORE at Open Repositories 2024

The name CORE was originally derived from COnnecting REpositories and it is therefore fitting that one of the most important gatherings for our team is the annual Open Repositories Conference. Now in its 19th year, the conference took place last week in Gothenburg, Sweden. Over 400 people were in attendance and the conference attracted a diverse audience of academics, librarians, developers, repository managers and many others. 

The team from CORE, represented by project lead Professor Petr Knoth and lead developer Matteo Cancellieri, presented a range of work that CORE has been undertaking in the last twelve months.  This includes some of the latest technical work the CORE team has been doing to deliver a range of new tools and services including identifying and extracting authors’ Rights Retention Statements from full text academic articles and the automatic detection of duplicate records in institutional repositories. The CORE team will also present their recent award-winning work on CORE-GPT, an LLM based QA platform with the answers drawn from scientific documents hosted by CORE. 

Professor Knoth introduced our work as coordinators for the SoFAIR Project (Making Software FAIR: A machine-assisted workflow for the research software lifecycle), a two-year CHIST-ERA funded project which will improve and semi-automate the process for identifying, describing, registering and archiving research software. 

Professor Knoth partnered with Dr George MacGregor from the University of Glasgow to present recent developments with the latest updates to the Rioxx protocol. This presentation explored how custodianship is reflected in the Rioxx schema, and also demonstrated how Rioxx can be used to underpin aspects of open research policy monitoring.

CORE also hosted a panel session on ‘How to make repository content indexed and discoverable’ with Martin Klein (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Paul Walk (Antleaf), and Jhon Rhendel (University of Glasgow) along with Petr Knoth and Matteo Cancellieiri. 

Finally, our poster presentation covering the recently commenced US Repositories Network Discovery Pilot was well received with many people in attendance for the poster session. As part of this project, CORE is indexing the metadata and full text of articles from a subset of US repositories, allowing them to be findable through a centralised discovery service with prominent links back to the original full text of the repository. 

Professor Knoth commented;

“For CORE and many others in the repositories community, the annual Open Repositories conference is a key date in the calendar. It gives us the chance to showcase the work we do, to the audience we do it for. The effort in preparing is always well rewarded. We’re also always impressed at the work of the organisers in pulling off a fantastically well-orchestrated event. It also us provides a real opportunity to meet the repository community and get valuable feedback on our work.” 

About Open Repositories 

The annual international Open Repositories (OR) Conference occupies a unique place in the landscape of open knowledge, open source and digital preservation conferences. Acknowledging institutional interests in the vital role open repositories play in preserving and creating access to scholarly outputs, the OR focus on “how to” rather than “how come” has made it a favourite among librarians, developers and repository managers among others.