May 21, 2022

OpenAire: New Metadata Application Profile for Literature Repositories is Approaching

The guidelines discussed below will be released for consultation during November.

From OpenAire:

The OpenAIRE and formerly DRIVER-Guidelines for Content Providers have been providing orientation for repository managers to align local and regional metadata management policies for the purpose of a pan-European Open Access network realized by the OpenAIRE infrastructure. The guiding principle has been always to reuse widely established standards, such as Dublin Core, in combination with a set of controlled vocabularies, such as info:eu-repo.


The repository community is requested to keep pace with these developments. OpenAIRE is preparing an application profile for literature repository content providers which is a major update of the current OpenAIRE Guidelines v3.0. It re-uses elements from the Dublin Core and DataCite metadata schema complemented by specific elements and attributes not covered sufficiently by these schemes.

The OpenAIRE Guidelines version 4.0 address the following challenges:

  • The capability to describe the scholarly record by help of more granular, precise and normalized metadata for the benefit of modern, sophisticated, value added services;
  • To support the interlinking of scholarly works to support the contextualization of research output;
  • To move forward the application of controlled vocabularies and thesauri supporting web-actionable URIs;
  • To ease the discovery of open access fulltext files;
  • To make a distinction between access rights and license re-use conditions;
  • To improve the formal validation of metadata records by an underlying metadata schema;
  • To support global metadata alignment with other scholarly communication infrastructures

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About Gary Price

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.