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How to Read 100 Million Publications: VIVO and Comprehensive Open Publication Databases
VIVO 2016 Conference (2016)
  • John Mark Ockerbloom
A number of commercially developed
publication databases such as Web of
Science and Google Scholar aim to provide a
comprehensive view of the scholarly literature.
Such databases are quite large in scale, needing
to handle metadata on the order of about 100
million publications, and to grow by more
than 1 million new publication records every
year. There is ongoing interest in creating
more open comprehensive databases in the
community as well, for various purposes,
ranging from open access support to
preservation to various kinds of researcher
analysis. Is it worth creating and supporting
such open databases in the community, and
if so, for what purposes? How could they
scale up as they would need to, in technical,
political, and participatory terms? How could
they use cooperation to thrive, rather than
being starved as unwanted competition? What
can we learn from experiences with existing
and proposed comprehensive and specialized
publication knowledge bases, whether run
by commercial firms, academic institutions,
interested amateurs, or bootleggers? How
could VIVO sites help build up comprehensive
publication databases, and how would the
availability of such databases affect the sort
of data and services that local VIVO sites
would focus on? The goal of this session is
not to propose Yet Another Big Database for
the VIVO community to develop, but rather
to provoke discussions on how efforts in the
VIVO community can best support and take
advantage of a growing ecosystem of open
publication data, at the global scale.
  • VIVO,
  • metadata
Publication Date
August 18, 2016
Denver, Colorado
Citation Information
John Mark Ockerbloom. "How to Read 100 Million Publications: VIVO and Comprehensive Open Publication Databases" VIVO 2016 Conference (2016)
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