SOLE: Linking Research Papers with Science Objects

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Abstract

We introduce Science Object Linking and Embedding (SOLE), a tool for linking research papers with associated science objects, such as source codes, datasets, annotations, workflows, packages, and virtual machine images. The objective of SOLE is to reduce the cost to an author of linking research papers with such science objects for the purpose of reproducible research. To this end, SOLE allows an author to use simple tags to delimit a science object to be associated with a research paper. It creates an adequate representation of the science object and manages a bibliography-like specification of science objects. Authors and readers can reference elements of this bibliography and associate them with phrases in the text of the research paper through a Web interface, in a similar manner to a traditional bibliography tool.