Linked Open Citation Database: Enabling Libraries to Contribute to an Open and Interconnected Citation Graph

Published in Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2018

Recommended citation: Anne Lauscher, Kai Eckert, Lukas Galke, Ansgar Scherp, Syed Rizvi, Sheraz Ahmed, Andreas Dengel, Philipp Zumstein, Annette Klein, "Linked Open Citation Database: Enabling Libraries to Contribute to an Open and Interconnected Citation Graph." 18th ACM/IEEE on Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2018. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3197026.3197050

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Abstract: Citations play a crucial role in the scientific discourse, in information retrieval, and in bibliometrics. Many initiatives are currently promoting the idea of having free and open citation data. Creation of citation data, however, is not part of the cataloging workflow in libraries nowadays. In this paper, we present our project Linked Open Citation Database, in which we design distributed processes and a system infrastructure based on linked data technology. The goal is to show that efficiently cataloging citations in libraries using a semi-automatic approach is possible. We specifically describe the current state of the workflow and its implementation. We show that we could significantly improve the automatic reference extraction that is crucial for the subsequent data curation. We further give insights on the curation and linking process and provide evaluation results that not only direct the further development of the project, but also allow us to discuss its overall feasibility.

@inproceedings{Lauscher:2018:LOC:3197026.3197050,
    acmid = {3197050},
    address = {New York, NY, USA},
    author = {Lauscher, Anne and Eckert, Kai and Galke, Lukas and Scherp, Ansgar and Rizvi, Syed Tahseen Raza and Ahmed, Sheraz and Dengel, Andreas and Zumstein, Philipp and Klein, Annette},
    booktitle = {Proceedings of the 18th ACM/IEEE on Joint Conference on Digital Libraries},
    doi = {10.1145/3197026.3197050},
    isbn = {978-1-4503-5178-2},
    keywords = {automatic reference extraction, citation data, editorial system, library workflows, linked open data},
    location = {Fort Worth, Texas, USA},
    numpages = {10},
    pages = {109--118},
    publisher = {ACM},
    series = {JCDL '18},
    title = {Linked Open Citation Database: Enabling Libraries to Contribute to an Open and Interconnected Citation Graph},
    url = {http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/3197026.3197050},
    code = {https://github.com/locdb/},
    year = {2018}
}