May 16, 2022

A New Global Framework For Linking Data And Literature: RDA And ICSU-WDS Announce the Scholix Framework

From The Research Data Alliance:

2016-06-23_16-37-47The Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the International Council for Science World Data System (ICSU-WDS) announce a new global framework for linking publications and datasets. The Scholix frameworkScholarly Link Exchange — represents a set of aspirational principles and practical guidelines to support a global information ecosystem around links between scholarly literature and research data.

The framework aims for a seamless exchange of information about literature and related data, thereby facilitating re-use, reproducibility, and transparent evaluation of science. The Scholix framework consists of a conceptual and information model, with standards, guidelines and options for encoding and exchange protocols. The three core objectives of the framework are:

  1. Increase visibility and discoverability of data and articles
  2. Place data in context to enable re-use
  3. Support credit attribution mechanisms

The Scholix framework is the output of a working group led by RDA and ICSU-WDS on Data Publishing Services and a number of key global players in research information including, among others, Crossref, DataCite, OpenAIRE, PANGAEA, International STM Association,Australian National Data Service, and Elsevier.

Organizations such as Crossref, DataCite, and OpenAIRE, have already started to develop services that follow the Scholix framework:

  1. OpenAIRE and PANGAEA Data-Literature Interlinking (DLI) Service
  2. DataCite Event Data
  3. Crossref Event Data and Linked Clinical Trials

A follow up group on Scholix framework is being launched to implement and extend the framework.

Direct to Scholix Web Site

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Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.