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

Anne Lauscher, Kai Eckert, Lukas Galke, Ansgar Scherp, Syed Tahseen Raza Rizvi, Sheraz Ahmed, Andreas Dengel, Philipp Zumstein, Annette Klein

In: Joint Conference on Digital Libraries. ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL-2018) June 3-6 Fort Worth Texas United States ACM Digital Library 2018.


Citations play a crucial role in the scientific discourse, in informa- tion 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 Data- base, in which we design distributed processes and a system infras- tructure 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 sig- nificantly 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.

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German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
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