Jisc Monitor Development Review and Consultation – Publication and Compliance Use Cases (by David Kay, Sero Consulting)

On Wednesday, we held the first online update and review meeting for the Jisc Monitor development, led by Mimas. The meeting focussed on updates to the Requirements Catalogue arising from the July 8th Workshop, and on how we are creating the underlying software and data environment to address Publication and Compliance use cases.

This was the first of four fortnightly sessions (Wednesdays from 10am to 11am) that will take place in this first phase using the Webex conferencing system – 23 July, 6 August, 20 August, 3 September. Anyone wishing to participate in future should contact Frank Manista (frank.manista@manchester.ac.uk) for access details.

Here are some headlines:

1. Requirements Catalogue update:

Delegates at the 8th July workshop did a tremendous job in providing around 300 comments and clarification points based on the draft Requirements Catalogue, as well as suggesting institutional priorities on a ‘RAG’ scale. We noted that both Green OA and working on the ‘long tail’ of Humanities’ publications need to be upgraded as important priorities. We’re now midway through processing all that input, and the online meeting helped with further clarification around such things as institutional mandates.

2. Jisc Monitor Development Approach:

David Kay and Richard Jones presented the Jisc Monitor Core Architecture, which illustrates how we are ‘bootstrapping’ the Monitor software application by reusing open source software derived from the Open Article Gauge, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Global Open Knowledge Base (GOKb) and Knowledge Base Plus (KB+) projects to handle article and licence data. Regarding the data model, delegates emphasised the importance of CERIF and the relevance of the work being undertaken by the E2E Pathfinder.

3. Initial Data Harvesting:

Richard Jones explained that we will initially target the DOAJ, PubMed and JournalTOCs data sets, which are openly accessible on a large scale covering both STM and Humanities OA and Hybrid publications. However the team emphasised that this will simply provide a baseline of ‘post hoc’ publication data – albeit on very interesting scale, linked to multiple authors in many cases and to declared licenses (e.g. CC-BY). Our aim thereafter in the Autumn will be to use this work as the foundation for engaging with pre-publication data sources, ideally including submission systems.

4. Licensing and Compliance Data:

Owen Stephens introduced the work he is doing to draw up the list of key terms against which compliance can be assessed and presented for different funders. He is looking for input from institutions that have checklists of terms and/or experience with the best places for gathering terms. If you can help with this work in any way (even some basic advice) please email Owen directly owen@ostephens.com.

The next online review meeting is on Wednesday 6th August at 10am via Webex. Details and invitations will be forthcoming.


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