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RSC opens up linked data with TSO

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The Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing has chosen TSO's OpenUp platform to publish its bibliographic linked open data.

The RSC will open up its bibliographic data from thousands of journal articles as linked data, accessible under an open metadata licence. This is said to build on and supporting complementary platforms and projects such as ChemSpider, OpenPhacts and Prospect.

James Milne, executive director of RSC Publishing commented: 'The Royal Society of Chemistry is committed to advancing the chemical sciences in all we do, and we are a strong supporter of sustainable open access through our journal programme, as exemplified by the community engagement "Gold for Gold" initiative. The dawning of a more open era across science is a hugely important step in that journey and we are delighted to be involved in this partnership with TSO, opening up more data to the wider scientific community across the globe.'

The linked data project will initially include 20,000 articles. This corresponds to approximately 40 million Resource Description Framework (RDF) statements, including bibliographic metadata from three RSC journals: Chemical Communications, MedChemComm and Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. In the first release, the datasets will include basic citation information such as title, author and publication date.

A dedicated RSC linked data portal will encourage developers and consumers to query and pull the RDF for re-use via SPARQL queries or a Linked Data API. Consumers and developers will be able to search and query the bibliographic data alongside other RSC datasets using TSO’s Flint SPARQL query editor. The linked data can be mashed up with other open data sources to create innovative applications and visualisations extending its value for the scientific community.

TSO will set up and host the data, held as RDF on its OpenUp linked data platform. Nature Publishing Group also uses the OpenUp RDF hosting service to disseminate its scientific linked data.