“However, the current landscape of research infrastructures presents two main issues. First, academic independence is threatened since overviews, evaluations and assessments of scholarship depend on citation databases governed by private enterprises. Second, where metadata on scholarly communications is available in public infrastructures, this metadata is fragmented and lacking in quality and/or coverage. As such, the core values of an open knowledge base (OKB) can be summarised as related to two concerns. First, to protect academic independence by opening up the metadata and metrics underlying assessments of scholarship and becoming less dependent on private enterprises for providing data and software. Second, to improve and enhance the quality and coverage of metadata available in the Dutch landscape of infrastructures on scholarly communications. By incorporating metadata on scholarly communications in an open infrastructure that not only digests but enriches and redistributes metadata, we posit that an OKB may establish a feedback loop, see figure above. Through such a feedback loop, metadata coverage and quality are improved in the OKB by integrating, harmonising and enriching metadata from multiple sources including participating CRISs, open infrastructures (e.g., CrossRef, Orcid, ROR) and research intelligence services. These improvements and enrichments are fed back into institutional CRISs to improve metadata and subsequently overviews and reports at the local institutional level. To this end, the OKB posits two proposals. First, a technological proposal of an open data layer that is interoperable and that prevents vertical integration by separating the data from the services. Second, a governance proposal to develop and maintain this technology and create buy-in from research institutes.”
“Subsequently, a study was conducted into the need and feasibility of a so-called Open Knowledge Base (OKB) in which all data from research information systems is openly available. The draft report of the feasibility study into an OKB was published in December 2020. The responses to this have been incorporated into the final final report. With regard to the interpretation, the report examines in detail the context of an OKB, what an OKB can look like in relation to existing systems and the various development scenarios. Based on Dialogic ‘s final report. It can be concluded that it is desirable and technically feasible for the Dutch scientific field to set up an open infrastructure for the metadata and analyzes of scientific research. In the coming months, the Taskforce will enter into discussions with the scientific field about setting up an OKB. …”
A slide presentation by Sarah de Rijcke.