The RDA/WDS Scholarly Link Exchange

Publié le 18 mai 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

« The RDA/WDS Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) WG is a follow-up group from the RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services WG. The group was endorsed by the both the RDA and the scientific committee of ICSU-WDS, and is going to be completed later in 2018.

The Scholix WG’s aim was to enable a comprehensive global view of the links between scholarly literature and data. The working group has leveraged existing work and international initiatives to work towards a global information commons by establishing :

  • Pathfinder services and enabling infrastructure
  • An interoperability framework with guidelines and standards (see also
  • A significant consensus
  • Support for communities of practice and implementation

One important aspect of the Scholix WG is that it has been driven by multiple organisations from different communities from the start, including PID service providers (DataCite, CrossRef, ANDS), publishers (Elsevier, Springer Nature, Clarivate), and repositories (Pangea, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).

The Scholix WG has made great inroads on its aims. Currently, Scholix maintains an evolving set of Guidelines consisting of :

(i) an information model (conceptual definition of what is a Scholix scholarly link),

(ii) a link metadata schema (set of metadata fields representing a Scholix link), and

(iii) a corresponding XML and JSON schema.

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