Research in information science and scholarly communication strongly relies on the availability of openly accessible datasets of metadata and, where possible, their relative payloads. To this end, CrossRef plays a pivotal role by providing free access to its entire metadata collection, and allowing other initiatives to link and enrich its information. Therefore, a number of key pieces of information result scattered across diverse datasets and resources freely available online. As a result of this fragmentation, researchers in this domain end up struggling with daily integration problems producing a plethora of ad-hoc datasets, therefore incurring in a waste of time, resources, and infringing open science best practices.
The latest DOIBoost release is a metadata collection that enriches CrossRef (October 2019 release: 108,048,986 publication records) with inputs from Microsoft Academic Graph (October 2019 release: 76,171,072 publication records), ORCID (October 2019 release: 12,642,131 publication records), and Unpaywall (August 2019 release: 26,589,869 publication records) for the purpose of supporting high-quality and robust research experiments. As a result of DOIBoost, CrossRef records have been “boosted” as follows:
- 47,254,618 CrossRef records have been enriched with an abstract from MAG;
- 33,279,428 CrossRef records have been enriched with an affiliation from MAG and/or ORCID;
- 509,588 CrossRef records have been enriched with an ORCID identifier from ORCID.
La Bruzzo S., Manghi P., Mannocci A. (2019) OpenAIRE’s DOIBoost – Boosting CrossRef for Research. In: Manghi P., Candela L., Silvello G. (eds) Digital Libraries: Supporting Open Science. IRCDL 2019. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 988. Springer, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-11226-4_11