Academic Training Lecture Regular Programme

2nd Series on Data Protection - Exploring Scholarly Communication Using The Decentralized Web (2/2)

by Patrick Hochstenbach

31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre (CERN)

31/3-004 - IT Amphitheatre


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In this lecture we present a new approach to assemble the scholarly record of researchers using a decentralized architecture for generating, propagating and notification of artifact lifecycle information in scholarly networks. Scholarly artifacts go through many stages from the creation of artifacts, through the registration of these artifacts in repositories, requesting certification at a publisher websites where they will be peer-reviewed and eventually published, to the archivation in a (web) archive. The results of each of these events are typically stored in different environments that are rarely interconnected. This makes assembling the complete lifecycle of artifacts an expensive post-factum endeavor involving mining many information sources and applying heuristics to combine the information into a meaningful result. 

Our Mellon ResearchPod project proposes a researcher-centric, institution-enabled scholarly communication system aligned with Decentralised Web concepts and technologies. In this vision researchers use a personal domain and associated storage space (researcher pod) as their long-term scholarly hub. Using Linked Data Notifications these scholarly hubs communicate with service hubs (such as peer review systems, discovery systems, archives) for the fulfillment of the functions of scholarly communication. The research pod stores all the information pertaining to the artifacts that the researcher contributes to the scholarly record where it can be shared and consulted.

We will look at the current state of scholarly communication and provide an overview of decentralized techniques that will become available in the future that could create a whole new landscape of services and publishing solutions

Lecturer's Bio:

Patrick Hochstenbach spent 25 years working for academic libraries in Belgium, the United States and Sweden. He was the developer of the SFX software, currently marketed by Ex Libris, that is used by libraries world wide to provide access to full text articles. He was involved in the OpenURL and OAI-PMH standards for metadata exchange and is part of the programming committee of the ELAG conference: the oldest library conference in Europe. In 2021 he started a PhD research at Ghent University researching application of decentralized web techniques on scholarly publications.



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