The following article (preprint) was written by three important people in the library and info retrieval world and was recently made available on the arXiv site.
Herbert Van de Sompel
Los Alamos National Laboratory
David S. H. Rosenthal
Stanford University Libraries
Michael L. Nelson
Old Dominion University
E-journal preservation systems have to ingest millions of articles each year. Ingest, especially of the “long tail” of journals from small publishers, is the largest element of their cost. Cost is the major reason that archives contain less than half the content they should. Automation is essential to minimize these costs.
This paper examines the potential for automation beyond the status quo based on the API provided by CrossRef, ANSI/NISO Z39.99 ResourceSync, and the provision of typed links in publishers’ HTTP response headers. These changes would not merely assist e-journal preservation and other cross-venue scholarly applications, but would help remedy the gap that research has revealed between DOIs’ potential and actual benefits.
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