The Scholix Initiative: Advancing Data-Literature Linking Technology

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Scholix Initiative

The aim of a scientific research article is to promote a viable thesis supported by quality data. Within the article, there is an inextricable link between the text and the data. When those two elements work together, quality scientific literature is achieved. In the larger realm of scientific research, connecting literature and research data has a similar yet broader and more impactful role. Before June 2016, the methods and technology for linking data with literature were autonomous and non-standardized. Individual communities had their own data-sharing mechanisms and standards. The link between data and literature is now following the same path as the publishing industry—it is becoming more open, collaborative, and standardized. The Scholix Initiative aspires to create “a high-level interoperability framework for exchanging information about the links between scholarly literature and data.” Scholix takes its name from “Scholarly Link Exchange.” It is the product of a working group spearheaded by the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the International Council for Science World Data System (ICSU-WDS), with contributions from Crossref, DataCite, OpenAIRE, PANGAEA, International STM Association, Australian National Data Service, and Elsevier.

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