5. Pubfair architecture

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 5.1. Repository layer

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 1 Pubfair positions repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value-added services can be deployed (publishing layer). Repositories ingest, manage and provide access to a variety of research outputs, creating the infrastructure layer to support sharing a diversity of contributions to the scholarly record. Much of the repository layer is already in place, and sustained by research institutions and libraries. To support cross-repository publishing and assessment services, common technology, standards and protocols are needed. Many of these have already been defined in the COAR Next Generation Repositories report, and the most widely used repository platforms are in the process of adopting them in their software.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 5.2. Publishing layer

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 3 Pubfair layers some of the core functionalities of publishing (submissions, editorial workflows, review and assessment) on top of research objects in repositories. This involves decoupling of the traditional publishing functionalities, with the content remaining in the repository system were it is managed and archived, and the peer review and certification functionalities undertaken in the publishing layer. Related objects such as articles, their peer review, and the underlying data, could be connected to each other through standard protocols, creating distributed, yet integrated ecosystem. Pubfair requires an interoperable layer between publishing and repositories that is currently being profiled by the COAR Next Generation Repositories Expert Group.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 5.3. Dissemination channels

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 1 A core innovation of the  Pubfair model is its dissemination functionality, which supports multiple channels for scholarly outputs catering to a  variety of stakeholders, in particular research communities, scholarly societies, research funders, academic institutions, and individual researchers. A key exemplar for this innovation is that of digital music, and especially services like Spotify. In the age of digital streaming, users are no longer required to purchase and listen to an album, when they only really want one or two songs from that collection. They can pick and choose the content of interest and create their own playlists, based on a huge collection of available songs. Pubfair enables different user communities to develop their own unique dissemination channels, based on the content in the thousands of repositories around the world. On Spotify, this role is served heavily by “playlists”, where the platform or its users curate collections of music, usually according to a genre or theme. These can then be shared or followed. Pubfair proposes a similar publish-then-filter model. Content is uploaded to repositories. Users can then curate distinct collections of that content according to subject-area or theme via Pubfair using its review processes to maintain quality. We envisage three kinds of channels, but others may also emerge based on the distinct needs of different users:

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  • Community channels: Analogous to current journals, community dissemination channels will be maintained by communities of interest (e.g., according to disciplinary focus). Repository-hosted research objects, including datasets, software, or preprints can be curated, reviewed via the platform and brought together into collections via the Pubfair platform.
  • Institutional channels: Institutions, including research funding and performing organisations, that wish to enable Open Access channels for their researchers can set up and maintain their own channels.
  • Individual channels: Individual users can curate content, bringing together mixtures of research objects according to, e.g., research theme. Users can then follow each other to receive alerts to each other’s playlists.
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