OpenResearch: Collaborative Management of Scholarly Communication Metadata

  • Sahar Vahdati
  • Natanael Arndt
  • Sören Auer
  • Christoph Lange
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10024)


Scholars often need to search for matching, high-profile scientific events to publish their research results. Information about topical focus and quality of events is not made sufficiently explicit in the existing communication channels where events are announced. Therefore, scholars have to spend a lot of time on reading and assessing calls for papers but might still not find the right event. Additionally, events might be overlooked because of the large number of events announced every day. We introduce OpenResearch, a crowd sourcing platform that supports researchers in collecting, organizing, sharing and disseminating information about scientific events in a structured way. It enables quality-related queries over a multidisciplinary collection of events according to a broad range of criteria such as acceptance rate, sustainability of event series, and reputation of people and organizations. Events are represented in different views using map extensions, calendar and time-line visualizations. We have systematically evaluated the timeliness, usability and performance of OpenResearch.


Scientific events Collaborative knowledge acquisition Semantic publishing Semantic wikis Linked data 



This work has been partially funded by the European Commission with a grant for the project OpenAIRE (GA no. 643410) and by a grant for the project LEDS (GA no. 03WKCG11C) from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). We thank Yakun Li for his technical work on


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sahar Vahdati
    • 1
  • Natanael Arndt
    • 2
  • Sören Auer
    • 1
    • 3
  • Christoph Lange
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Enterprise Information Systems (EIS)University of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.AKSW GroupLeipzig UniversityLeipzigGermany
  3. 3.Fraunhofer, Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems (IAIS)Sankt AugustinGermany

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