November 08 2022 - 14:00
About the Event
CORE (https://core.ac.uk) is, with about 30 million monthly active users, the world’s most used aggregator of open access research papers from repositories and journals. It is a not-for-profit service dedicated to the open access mission committed to the Principles of Open Science Infrastructure (POSI), serving the global network of repositories and journals. It provides services in the areas of discovery, machine access to content, content management and scholarly identifiers (https://core.ac.uk/services) for a wide range of audiences stakeholders, including researchers, the general public, academic institutions, developers, funders and companies from a diverse range of sectors including but not limited to innovators, AI technology companies and digital library solutions.
CORE’s mission is central to the success of the OA movement. CORE was established in direct response to the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI, 2001) declaration, which recommends the green self-archiving route to OA. The declaration states that: “When these archives conform to standards created by the Open Archives Initiative, then search engines and other tools can treat the separate archives as one. Users then need not know which archives exist or where they are located in order to find and make use of their contents.” The importance of this mission was further highlighted by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) statement on interoperability (2011), which envisages a “... seamless layer of content through connected repositories …”. CORE, as an aggregator implementing the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), directly fulfils this role by establishing an infrastructure service enabling others (including machines) to discover, access and reuse open access content via a seamless harmonised interface.
While CORE has served the community for over 10 years, the journey hasn’t been without financial and organisational challenges, with CORE’s income streams being several times under threat. In order to diversify income and increase resilience, CORE has been building a community support mechanism in the form of a voluntary CORE Membership programme, inspired by the sustainability streams of other open scholarly infrastructure services.
This webinar will present what CORE is, positioning it within the OA landscape and explain its functionalities and value for institutions and data providers. We will discuss sustainability and how CORE is committed to the Principles of Open Science Infrastructure. We will briefly mention the voluntary CORE Membership programme, which will be launching on the day of the seminar and allow institutions to participate in shaping the future of the service. The presentation will be followed by a short panel who will talk about sustainability of OS services.
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Dr Petr Knoth
Senior Research Fellow in Text and Data Mining | Head & Founder of CORE
Petr Knoth leads the Big Scientific Data and Text Analytics Group (BSDTAG) undertaking R&D in the domains of text-mining, digital libraries and open access/science. Dr Knoth is the founder and head of CORE (core.ac.uk), a large full text aggregator of open access papers with millions of monthly active users. CORE makes research papers available for people to freely discover and access and for machines to text-mine.
Previously, Dr Knoth worked as a Senior Data Scientist at Mendeley on information extraction and content recommendation for research and has a deep interest in the use of AI to improve research workflows. Dr Knoth co-founded Semantometrics.org aiming to go beyond bibliometrics and altmetrics to produce new research evaluation methods that make use of the publication full-texts in research assessment.
Dr Knoth has been involved as a researcher and Primary Investigator (PI) in over 20 European Commission, national and international funded research projects in the areas of text-mining, open science and eLearning.
Dr David Pride
CORE team | Research Associate at The Knowledge Media Institute
David Pride is part of the CORE team and is currently a Research Associate at The Knowledge Media Institute in the STEM faculty at The Open University. He completed his PhD. in 2020 and his thesis examined the role of citation data in research evaluation exercises such as the U.K.’s Research Excellence Framework (REF). He recently completed working on the 2yr Horizon 2020 project called ON-MERRIT which examined whether current Open Access policies may merely serve to entrench the existing inequalities in academia.
Dr George Macgregor
Repository Manager & Technologist, University of Strathclyde, and UKCORR Technical Officer and Chair of the Rioxx Governance Group
George Macgregor is a Repository Manager & Technologist based within the Scholarly Publications & Research Data team at the University of Strathclyde and is an advocate of open research. His interests are in structured open data, resource discovery, and distributed repositories. Over the years George has held a number of research and academic posts, most notably at the Centre for Digital Library Research (University of Strathclyde) and Liverpool John Moores University.
Dr Torsten Reimer
University Librarian and Dean of the University Library at the University of Chicago
Torsten Reimer is University Librarian and Dean of the University Library at the University of Chicago. He is leading the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic vision to redefine the library's role within the global knowledge ecosystem. Torsten recently joined the University of Chicago from the British Library, where he was led the national library's content and research services. In previous roles, he was responsible for developing open access and research data services at Imperial College London and for the research infrastructure program at Jisc. Torsten's background is in history and digital humanities, working at King's College London and the University of Munich (LMU). He holds a PhD in history from LMU, and is currently Vice Chair of Open Repositories, Vice Chair of the IvyPlus Library Confederation, Chair of the advisory board for the university library system at the University of Cologne and a member of the executive board at DataCite.
Head of Analysis, Research England, UKRI
Andy heads the analysts team in Research England. The team's tasks include the formula-driven allocation of public funds, amounting to around £2.4 billion each year, to be distributed to higher education providers in England in support of their research and knowledge exchange activities. The team also provides analytical support to areas including project funding and the Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Andy previously led the audit function for REF 2021, which included verification of compliance with the REF open access policy.
Associate University Librarian & Director, Digital Library Systems & Services Chief Technology Strategist at Stanford University Libraries
As the Associate University Librarian and Director of Digital Library Systems and Services, I oversee the development and delivery of Stanford’s digital library services that support teaching, learning and research. This includes a wide range of systems, like SearchWorks and the Stanford Digital Repository, and operations supporting digitization, discovery, delivery, preservation and management of digital resources.
As the Chief Technology Strategist for SUL, I often engage in the wider digital library arena. I am the founder of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), and serve as the Chair of the IIIF Consortium's Executive Committee. I am also a founder of the Samvera (aka the Hydra Project); a founding member of the Fedora Repository steering group and catalyst for its redevelopment; and the first adopter and an active contributor to Blacklight. These three successful open source projects, rooted in higher education, provide effective and competitive solutions for dealing with digital asset management and digital information access.
- Understanding CORE, its mission and positioning within the OA landscape
- Approaches to sustainability of open scholarly infrastructures
- CORE Membership programme
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