*REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: INNOVATIVE USES OF CROSSREF METADATA
*CrossRef is now accepting proposals for the most original and promising
use of CrossRef's article-level metadata as part of a scholarly
research/authoring tool or related library service. *_Free access _*to
participating publishers' metadata and DOIs will be granted to the
researcher or librarian whose proposal is selected.
*/DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS:/ _July 15, 2007
_**/WHAT TO SUBMIT:
**1)* *A short but thorough description of the service you would like to
create using the CrossRef metadata,
including estimated implementation time
**2)* *Links to software/services/protocols/standards that you may have
implemented in the past
**3)* *Your CV
/*Amy Brand, PhD, Director of Business & Product Development
email: [log in to unmask]
By submitting a proposal, you agree to any publicity about the winning
project that CrossRef may wish to pursue.
*_BACKGROUND ON CROSSREF METADATA AND WEB SERVICES
*CrossRef is an independent membership association, founded and directed
by publishers. CrossRef helps connect users to primary research content
by enabling publishers to work collectively. Our citation-linking
network today covers over 27 million articles and other content items
from several hundred scholarly and professional publishers.
CrossRef Web Services, or CWS, offers an easy-to-use suite of tools for
authorized partners to collect metadata on a cross-publisher basis to
streamline their own crawling, indexing, and linking services. One way
to access the 27 million+ metadata records now registered in CrossRef is
via our OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata
Harvesting) interface. The CrossRef OAI-PMH repository interface serves
as the central point for the distribution of metadata from participating
publishers, utilizing a robust and widely adopted technology targeted at
consumers of large quantities of metadata. Access to the CrossRef's
metadata repository is controlled by IP authentication and can be
tailored to provide specific content from select publishers to each
The metadata in CrossRef's database consists of basic bibliographic
information for each item, including author(s), title, journal name,
ISSN, volume, issue, page, and DOI-URL pair. Here are links to some
sample CWS metadata: <http://www.crossref.org/oai-handler_sample.xml>,
Our data repository is extensive but highly variable in quality from
publisher to publisher. We have recently begun to take measures to
ensure higher quality metadata. Any suggestions you may have regarding
how best to achieve a higher level of data quality and consistency, as
part of your proposal or otherwise, would be greatly appreciated.
Different but similarly basic metadata is collected for other types of
content. In addition, many publishers now also deposit references as
part of their metadata.
*CONTACT: *Please email [log in to unmask] with any questions you may
have about CrossRef Web Services or this RFP.