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International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 35-52

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Pathways: augmenting interoperability across scholarly repositories

  • Simeon WarnerAffiliated withComputing and Information Science, Cornell University Email author 
  • , Jeroen BekaertAffiliated withFaculty of Engineering, Ghent University
  • , Carl LagozeAffiliated withComputing and Information Science, Cornell University
  • , Xiaoming LiuAffiliated withResearch Library, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • , Sandy PayetteAffiliated withComputing and Information Science, Cornell University
  • , Herbert Van de WarnerAffiliated withResearch Library, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Abstract

In the emerging eScience environment, repositories of papers, datasets, software, etc., should be the foundation of a global and natively-digital scholarly communications system. The current infrastructure falls far short of this goal. Cross-repository interoperability must be augmented to support the many workflows and value-chains involved in scholarly communication. This will not be achieved through the promotion of single repository architecture or content representation, but instead requires an interoperability framework to connect the many heterogeneous systems that will exist.

We present a simple data model and service architecture that augments repository interoperability to enable scholarly value-chains to be implemented. We describe an experiment that demonstrates how the proposed infrastructure can be deployed to implement the workflow involved in the creation of an overlay journal over several different repository systems (Fedora, aDORe, DSpace and arXiv).