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[EP-tech] COAR Launches Draft “Resource Type” Vocabulary for Open Access Repositories

*** with apologise for cross-posting***

Dear All,

we are very pleased to announce the launch of the draft
“Resource Type” Vocabulary for Open Access Repositories as a deliverable
of the COAR Interest Group "Controlled Vocabularies for Repository
Assets" and its Editorial Board:


Open access repositories are evolving in terms of the roles they play
and the attributes they aim to express in their records. Users want to
know about additional metadata elements used for describing repository
items, such as open access status, research funder, institutional
affiliation, and so on. Given the truly international and collaborative
nature of research, repositories must be connected and aligned around
policy and practices, and standard controlled vocabularies are an
extremely important aspect of this alignment. Through an active,
international Editorial Board [1], COAR has begun to develop a series of
controlled vocabularies for open access repositories.

The aim of this work is to build broad international consensus around
vocabulary items for open access repositories. The Editorial Board has
reviewed existing regional and topical metadata schemas including
info:eu-repo (and OpenAIRE Guidelines), NISO Access and License
Indicators, RIOXX, CERIF Semantic Vocabulary, CASRAI Dictionary and
others. For each vocabulary element, a definition is provided, and the
item has been translated into several languages that will be connected
via linked data principles.

As a first step, the Editorial Board is making the first draft version
controlled vocabulary, *resource type*, available for comment by the
broader community. COAR invites you to provide feedback on the
definition and the vocabulary terms that are provided in English and
several other language (Catalan, Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese,
Spanish, German, and Russian). All comments can be posted on the COAR
website for consideration. The period for input will be two months from
August 1 to October 1, 2015.

In the coming months the editorial board will be working on other
vocabularies that will also be made available to the community for
comment. This work contributes to COAR’s broader objective to develop
and maintain a set of international controlled vocabularies for open
access repositories and ensure they are adopted widely.

The Resource Type Vocabulary Draft v.1.0 (July 2015) is available to
read and for comment here:


Support for this work has been provided by:

* The COAR Controlled Vocabularies Editorial Board and COAR Interest
Group Controlled Vocabularies for Repository Assets
* ART (Artificial Intelligence Research) [2] at University of Tor
Vergata and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
[3] that are providing the expertise and infrastructure for the creation
and maintenance of the COAR Vocabularies, particularly as Linked Open Data.

For more information, please contact:

Jochen Schirrwagen, the Controlled Vocabularies Interest Group
Coordinator (jochen.schirrwagen@uni-bielefeld.de)

Imma Subirats, the Controlled Vocabulary Editorial Board Coordinator

Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR

[1] - http://purl.org/coar/igcv#editorialboard
[2] - http://art.uniroma2.it
[3] - http://www.fao.org
Jochen Schirrwagen

Department of Library Technology and Knowledge Management
Bielefeld University - University Library
Universitätsstr. 25 - 33615 Bielefeld, Germany
Tel: +49 (0) 521/106-4047
Fax: +49 (0) 521/106-4052