Results of scientific experiments and research work, either conducted by individuals or organizations, are published and shared with scientific community in different types of scientific publications such as books, chapters, journals, articles, reference works and reference works entries. One aspect of these documents is their contents and the other is metadata. Metadata of scientific documents could be used to increase mutual cooperation, find people with common interest and research work, and to find scientific documents in the matching domains. The major issue in getting these benefits from metadata of scientific publications is availability of these data in unstructured (or semi-structured) format so that it can not be used to ask smart queries that can help in computing and performing different types of analysis on scientific publications data. Also, acquisition and smart processing of publications data is a complicated as well as time and resource consuming task.
To address this problem we have developed a generic framework named as Linked Open Publications Data Framework (LOPDF). The LOPDF framework can be used to crawl, process, extract and produce machine understandable data (i.e., LOD) about scientific publications from different publisher specific sources such as portals, XML export and websites. In this paper we present the architecture, process and algorithm that we developed to process textual publications data and to produce semantically enriched data as RDF datasets (i.e., open data).
The resulting datasets can be used to make smart queries by making use of SPARQL protocol. We also present the quantitative as well as qualitative analysis of our resulting datasets which ultimately can be used to compute the research behavior of organizations in rapidly growing knowledge society. Finally, we present the potential usage of producing and processing such open data of scientific publications and how results of performing smart queries on resulting open datasets can be used to compute the impact and perform different types of analysis on scientific publications data.