January 20, 2021

Access to Research: CHORUS and NIST Announce Pilot Project

ICYMI: Earlier this week we learned that CHORUS and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have signed an agreement to work together.

From Today’s CHORUS and NIST (National Institute For Standards and Technology) Announcement:

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and CHORUS, a nonprofit organization that advances public access to content reporting on funded research, have launched a pilot project to help improve access to the results of NIST-funded research.

Researchers at NIST generate data and author publications that lead to advances in fields as diverse as materials science, medical diagnostics, forensic science, cybersecurity and firefighting. NIST research results also help U.S. industries improve their products, comply with regulations and compete internationally.

In April 2015, NIST issued a plan to manage public access to content and data resulting from the research it funds. Under the plan, journal articles that currently are available through the publishers’ websites will now also be available at the National Institutes of Health PubMed Central.

Through NIST’s public access initiative, articles that report on research conducted at or sponsored by NIST will be made publicly available through PubMed Central.

CHORUS will point to the published “authoritative” article on official journal sites where readers will find research in context with additional tools and information provided by a journal. NIST also plans to use metrics from CHORUS and PubMed Central to better measure readership of its scholarly and technical publications. The two services will be separate, but complementary.

Through NIST’s public access initiative, articles that report on research conducted at or sponsored by NIST will be made publicly available through PubMed Central. CHORUS will point to the published “authoritative” article on official journal sites where readers will find research in context with additional tools and information provided by a journal. NIST also plans to use metrics from CHORUS and PubMed Central to better measure readership of its scholarly and technical publications.

The two services will be separate, but complementary.

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The pilot’s initial objectives include:

•    Enhancing CHORUS’ NIST Dashboard, which provides information about the identity, public accessibility and preservation of articles reporting on NIST-funded research;

•    Sharing web-usage data from CHORUS publisher member sites and the proposed NIST-branded PubMed Central (PMC) archive;

•    Developing a CHORUS-hosted, NIST-branded public access search portal linking to publicly accessible articles on publisher websites.

The agreement will run through the end of December 2016 and will help inform future potential collaborations between NIST and CHORUS.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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