Metadata and Open Access – Reliably Finding Content and Finding Reliable Content


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Laurie Kaplan (speaker), Jean-Claude Guédon (speaker), Sommer Browning (speaker)

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Metadata and Open Access – Reliably Finding Content and Finding Reliable Content

  1. 1. Metadata and Open Access: Reliably Finding Content and Finding Reliable Content Moderated by Laurie Kaplan Director of Editorial Operations ProQuest: Serials Solutions Content Operations team November 8, 2013 Conference Hashtag #chs13
  2. 2. “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions”
  3. 3. 9,900 journals From 123 countries First Open Access Journal
  4. 4. About 450 Almost 290 “potential, possible, or probable predatory scholarly open-access” • What is questionable - all of the research of all of the authors in these journals or just the publishing and peer review process? • Should the author’s paper be ignored based on a poor choice of where to publish in the pursuit of making the data and analysis available online quickly? • And how does a researcher know what materials to trust?
  5. 5. • As a global directory of periodicals, including journals, magazines, newspapers and other serials, we strive to list everything published resource we learn about, and even announced for publication resources. • We leave the scrutiny of individual publishers’ author engagement to librarians and researchers. • We include Open Access publications among the Ulrich’s titles reviewed by the professional librarians of Magazines for Libraries, another ProQuest publication.
  6. 6. • Several well-known commercial publishers have joined the Open Access movement, creating fully open journals, or hybrids that incorporate open articles in otherwise subscription journals. • Are these publications more trustworthy? • And many aggregators, including ProQuest, have begun to include Open Access journals in their collections in order to make available in one database all of the relevant subject-related materials for a researcher. • Does the inclusion of an open access article by an aggregator confer legitimacy, or is it up to the researcher to determine the quality of the article?
  7. 7. Note: All images retrieved from Google Images or Flickr. All have a Creative Commons or otherwise unrestricted license
  8. 8. Metadata and Open Access: Reliably Finding Content and Finding Reliable Content • Sommer Browning • Head of Head of Electronic Access & Discovery Services • University of Colorado, Denver, Auraria Library • Librarian perspective • (Slides follow) • Jean-Claude Guédon • Professor, Department of Comparative Literature • University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada • Perspective of a researcher • (No slides)
  9. 9. METADATA AND OPEN ACCESS: RELIABLY FINDING CONTENT AND FINDING RELIABLE CONTENT Looking at How Auraria Library Uses & Discovers Open Access Material Presented by Sommer Browning Head of Electronic Resources Access & Discovery Services Auraria Library, University of Colorado, Denver November 8, 2013
  10. 10. AURARIA LIBRARY Auraria Library serves the students, faculty, and staff of three leading urban institutions: University of Colorado Denver; Metropolitan State University of Denver; and Community College of Denver.
  11. 11. OPEN ACCESS AT AURARIA  We do not have an official institutional or library open access policy.  When you think about open access the typical Auraria patron does not come to mind.  When we do track open access resources, we don’t always have a positive experience.
  12. 12. OPEN ACCESS DISCOVERY PROBLEMS  All of the usual electronic access issues (broken links, missing content, platform changes), but OA access issues are particularly hard to resolve.  Access can be out of the library’s hands (HathiTrust/Scirus).  OA discovery issues can affect other departments.
  13. 13. METADATA THAT WOULD HELP US PROMOTE AND USE OPEN ACCESS MATERIALS  Metadata to find or exclude OA resources  Metadata to help us troubleshoot OA resources
  14. 14. OA TAGS OR ICONS
  15. 15. OPEN ACCESS FACET IN SUMMON Let us refine the search to Open Access content only
  16. 16. MORE CONTROL OVER OUR METADATA More transparency about metadata  Where is it coming from?  What are the standards?  How is this journal indexed? How is this database harvested? Make analysis easy Make customization easy
  17. 17. METADATA TO HELP US TROUBLESHOOT  Contact information  Email addresses  Editors’ names  Statements of responsibility  Platforms  Browsers  Pop-up blockers
  18. 18. WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?  Report, report, report. Crowdsourcing is a powerful way to keep the metadata for these journals up to date.  Become more familiar with NISO standards and cite them vendors and publishers.  Specification for Open Access Metadata and Indicators ccess%20Metadata%20-%20Work%20Item%20for%20ballot.pdf  Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery
  19. 19. OPEN ACCESS WORLD?! And in conclusion, a plea! Serials Solutions, will you create one huge publically accessible Open Access Summon instance that includes all the open access content you index?
  20. 20. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME And have a great conference!
  21. 21. Thank you! Sommer Browning: Jean-Claude Guédon: Laurie Kaplan: