Scholarly Publishing: CrossRef Set to Launch a Text and Data Mining Service Named Prospect in Early 2014
In the new issue of CrossRef Quarterly, CrossRef’s Executive Director, Ed Pentz writes:
CrossRef’s text and data mining service was just approved by the board at its November meeting. [Clip] The service is scheduled to roll out in early 2014. There are two main aspects of the service:
1) a common text and data mining (TDM) API that enables researchers to request full text content from publisher sites in a standard way and
2) a terms and conditions library for those publishers who want to ask for researchers to agree to additional TDM terms. The terms and conditions library isn’t required for OA content or where publishers allow TDM by researchers at subscribing institutions.
From the Overview:
- Researchers are increasingly interested in text and data mining (TDM) published scholarly content. This poses technical and logistical problems for scholarly researchers and publishers alike.
- All parties would benefit from support of standard APIs and data representations in order to enable TDM across both open access and subscription-based publishers.
- Researchers find it impractical to negotiate multiple bilateral agreements with subscription-based publishers in order to get authorisation to TDM subscribed content.
- Subscription-based publishers find it impractical to negotiate multiple bilateral agreements with researchers and institutions in order to authorise TDM of subscribed content.
The number of queries (references sent to CrossRef to find the DOI to create permanent links to the content) for first three quarters of 2013 were at 684 million and went down by 15% from the same period last year. The number of references submitted that matched a DOI in the CrossRef System increased to 309 million from 285 (in the same period of 2012). Total deposits increased, with current increasing by 34% and backfile slightly decreasing. The number of members and the amount of content in the system continues to grow at a steady rate.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.