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Discussion: Identifiers, Metadata, and Connections


A two-part session focusing on identifiers, metadata, and using them to make connections!

Part 1: Hocus pocus: Mixing open identifiers into metadata makes connections between research work
Journal articles don’t exist in a vacuum. There is increasing awareness of the need to reliably connect articles, data, affiliation, contributor and funding information to expose trends and opportunities in the research ecosystem, enable reliable streamlined reporting to key stakeholders and to ensure transparency and trust in research.
To support this, metadata for research objects can’t exist in a vacuum either. It needs to reflect these relationships and incorporate a range of persistent identifiers to do so. And it needs to be open so that it can populate through different systems. DataCite, ROR, Crossref and ORCID have been working together to look at how relationships are asserted between articles, data and other content types, and what connecting research objects to other identifiers helps us see: which outputs resulted from a research grant, which institutions are particularly strong in which areas, where and how are openly available data and software used, and who researchers are collaborating with. We can also use these existing relationships to infer further connections via tools like the PID Graph and the community can (re)use our open metadata to build new services and tools.

Join representatives from ORCID, DataCite, ROR and Crossref as we share the kind of information that’s already available, what work we still have to do and our plans to enhance this in collaboration with our communities.""

Part 2: Data visualization
In a crowded digital media landscape the first question many authors, editors and publishers ask is, how can I make sure that my research is widely noticed and well understood? The answer, say Deb Wyatt and Donald Samulack of Cactus Communications, often lies in visualization.
As the research communication landscape changes, we continue to unlock more efficient and impactful ways to communicate research in highly visual and engaging ways. Video and graphical content formats are now core components of research publishing: just as important for the understanding of science and scholarship as published articles and monographs.
The second critical question is, how do we share research content reliably and accurately, in line with established community standards of rigor, ethics and integrity? As we embrace new formats for research communication, the challenge is to ensure that we continue to apply the same standards of rigor, transparency and FAIR principles to this derivative content.

Concluding this session, Dario Rodighiero will present his data visualization of ... NISO Plus 2021! He notes that, in sociology, the digital traces are these data that humans leave behind during daily activities. Open data and identifiers are not only instruments to make science more transparent and accessible, but they also represent a meaningful way to study the behavior of scientists. This talk aims to present how these digital traces can be used to observe the academic environment.
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NISO Plus 2021


February 22-25, 2021

NISO Plus 2021 was our first virtual conference, held in February of 2021. A global undertaking, NISO Plus 2021 had over 800 participants from 26 countries come together to have a conversation about the state of the information ecosystem. Here you'll find both the presentations and discussions from that event.