Let’s set up a Gateway for your Community Together
1. Analyse your needs
In this stage, you get to talk to the OpenAIRE team. Share your expectations with us and let us give you all the details about the operational OpenAIRE services, which will be integrated into the Gateway for your community.
Here are the most important questions that the OpenAIRE team will ask you, in order to understand your scope and goals:
- Do you want a gateway, where researchers can have access to all research products of a discipline? Do you want a gateway that gathers any research outcome, produced thanks to the funding and services of a given research infrastructure?
- Is your community (in)formally organized in sub-communities? Would you like to browse research products and get statistics also for these sub-communities? For example, the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI) features “virtual organizations” that represent discipline-specific communities and/or specific research projects. The research infrastructure DARIAH, on the other hand, is organised in national nodes (e.g. DARIAH-IT, DARIAH-DE).
- How can the OpenAIRE team identify the research products of your community, among all those available in the OpenAIRE Graph? Through a series of steps: set of keywords, acknowledgment statements, set of projects, set of repositories, etc. This can be partial and provisional information that will serve as a starting point to the OpenAIRE team. You will be able to refine and update this information, in the second phase “Develop a pilot”.
2. Develop a pilot
Based on the information gathered in phase 1 “Analyse your needs”, the OpenAIRE team will set up a pilot Gateway. We will configure the OpenAIRE mining algorithms to identify research products of the OpenAIRE Graph that are relevant to your community. Those, together with some basic statistics, will be available in the pilot version of the Community Gateway that will be deployed on the OpenAIRE BETA infrastructure.
The OpenAIRE team will give you a demo of the Community Gateway, with details on how to refine and update the configuration of the Community Gateway, both in terms of criteria for including research products and in terms of logo and visible portal pages.
3. Test and Validate
Upon the completion of phase 2, take the time you need to test all its features, from search and browse for research products, to addition/removal of statistics from the portal. You can report any issue you might find and ask questions directly to the dedicated OpenAIRE team, via a specially designed collaboration tool.
Typically, this phase takes some months, as you will have to go through certain procedures. Change the configuration of the criteria to include research products, wait for the new configuration to be applied on the OpenAIRE graph and validate the results, before you actually decide that the coverage of research products for your community is adequate.
For some communities, the OpenAIRE team may also be able to implement dedicated mining algorithms (e.g. to find acknowledgement statements to your community/infrastructure in the full-texts of research articles) that may require several rounds of application, validation, and fine-tuning, before it reaches a high precision and recall. Your feedback is very important to minimize the effort and time needed for this process to complete.
4. Roll out the service
Here we are: the coverage of research products is good, interesting statistics and charts have been selected, and the portal pages available for end-users are ready. We can roll out the Community Gateway and make it available to all the researchers of the community!
You, as a Community manager, become the main “promoter” of the Community Gateway. Engage the researchers of your community and, when applicable, inform the managers of the research infrastructure about the availability of tools for impact monitoring.
Remember that you will still be able to change the configuration of the Community Gateway in order to address any issue that may arise and to follow the evolution of the community (e.g. a new project or a new content provider that was not previously available in OpenAIRE).
Remember that you don’t have to go alone: the dedicated issue tracker you used in the “Test and Validate” phase is always available for you to contact the OpenAIRE team and ask for support.