(3 August 2015) 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, 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 from the COAR website for consideration. The period for input will be two months from August 1 to October 1, 2015.
Read the announcement in full here.