Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and Three of Canada’s Federal Granting Agencies Will Work with OpenAire on Pilot Project to Improve the Discoverability of Canadian Open Access Content
Canada’s three federal granting agencies have agreed to partner with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) on a pilot project which seeks to use the OpenAIRE service to improve the discoverability of Canadian open access content.
The widespread sharing of research articles and data, referred to as open science, promises to improve research impact, increase transparency of research findings, and accelerate the pace of new discoveries. In Canada, the three federal granting agencies—the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)— have implemented policies that aim to increase the adoption of open practices in the research community. However, there is currently no comprehensive way to discover and track these research outputs, as they are distributed across many platforms, repositories and services. In addition, there is no standard approach to relate a given research publication or data set with the organization that funds the research.
To address this gap, CARL entered into a pilot project with the large European discovery service OpenAIRE to aggregate and facilitate discovery of Canadian content and enable the agencies to better access Canadian research outputs and identify their open access status. CARL and the agencies will work together to develop a common approach to identifying funders and projects in the metadata, while OpenAIRE will aggregate information from the agencies’ public grants databases and many other content sources to create connections between articles, authors, and funders.
The CARL Open Repositories Working Group is overseeing this project, under a project team led by Pierre Lasou, Université Laval. Nine Canadian institutions are participating in the initial phase and the aim is to have a working prototype by early 2020.
About Gary Price
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.