TIB publishes position paper on Open Research Knowledge Graph

From document-based to knowledge-based information flows in science and technology

The TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology has published a position paper on the Open Research Knowledge Graph. Accordingly, the TIB will offer a workshop on the topic of Open Research Knowledge Graph on Tuesday, 20 March 2018, from 10:00 to 16:00, in which requirements, framework architecture and first steps towards implementation will be discussed. Interested parties can register at Irmtraut Dettmer via email (irmtraut.dettmertibeu).

The position paper entitled "Towards an Open Research Knowledge Graph" deals with the development from document-based to knowledge-based information flows. Despite an improved and digital access to scientific publications in the last decades, the exchange of scholarly knowledge continues to be primarily document-based: Researchers produce essays and articles that are made available in online and offline publication media as roughly granular text documents. With current developments in areas such as knowledge representation, semantic search, human-machine interaction, natural language processing, and artificial intelligence, it is possible to completely rethink this dominant paradigm of document-centered knowledge exchange and transform it into knowledge-based information flows by representing and expressing knowledge through semantically rich, interlinked knowledge graphs.

TIB as an actor in the transformation to knowledge-based information flows

The aim of this position paper is to facilitate the discussion on requirements, design decisions and a minimum viable product for an Open Research Knowledge Graph infrastructure. TIB aims to start developing this infrastructure in an open collaboration with interested partner organizations and individuals.

The planned Research Knowledge Graph as a research infrastructure links an explicit semantic
representation of research results with a large number of other information sources and infrastructures.

As German National Library of Science and Technology, as well as architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics and Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, the TIB is well positioned to accompany and actively promote this transformation process. Through networking with the institutes of the Leibniz Association, there is a critical mass of application domains and users in order to implement knowledge-based information exchange and to provide corresponding research infrastructures.

The core of the establishment of knowledge-based information flows is the distributed, decentralized, collaborative creation and evolution of information models, vocabularies, ontologies, and knowledge graphs. By integrating these information models into existing and new research infrastructure services, the information structures that are currently still implicit and deeply hidden in documents can be made explicit and directly usable. This revolutionizes scientific work because information and research results can be seamlessly interlinked with each other and better mapped to complex information needs. As a result, scientific work becomes more effective and efficient, since results become directly comparable and easier to reuse.

Auer, Sören; Blümel, Ina; Ewerth, Ralph; Garatzogianni, Alexandra; Heller, Lambert; Hoppe, Anett; Kasprzik, Anna; Koepler, Oliver; Nejdl, Wolfgang; Plank, Margret; Sens, Irina; Stocker, Markus; Tullney, Marco; Vidal, Maria-Esther; van Wezenbeek, Wilma (2018):
Towards an Open Research Knowledge Graph. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1157185