Digital Library Architect
Data Conservancy, Johns Hopkins University
Director of Publishing Systems Operations
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
The Data Conservancy at Johns Hopkins University, Portico, and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has received support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the planning and development of a framework that will connect publications and their linked data, and preserve that connection. The project is motivated by the recognition that the “atomic unit” of scholarly communication is becoming a complex distributed object, consisting of distinct building blocks, including text, graphics, and data, which often reside in different repositories, maintained by different institutions, employing different technologies. This framework will represent these connections among cited and uncited data, publications, and other artifacts of scholarly research and communications, in a graph-based view that captures many-to-many relationships amongst those objects, their creators, funders, institutions, and repositories. The project is taking a multidisciplinary approach from the onset, with the intent of making the framework and tools suited for cross-disciplinary connections between publications and data of all types, including software, visualizations, and workflows. In this presentation representatives from the project team will discuss the project’s goals, its technical approach, and its potential value for the publishing, library, and research communities.