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Building the Infrastructure for Enhanced Publications Using DDI 3

Presenter 1
Alerk Amin
Presenter 2
Rob Grim
University of Tilburg
Presenter 3
Maarten Hoogerwerf

There is a lot of discussion about the advantages of DDI 3, but many people wonder if it is worth all the complexity. Moving to DDI 3 involves complex structures, tools, workflows, infrastructure and expensive documentation efforts. The DatapluS project demonstrates the added value of these efforts by providing a concrete use case where publications are enriched with variable-level information about the research process. The project consists of two tools for researchers, the Enhanced Publications Editor (EPE) and the Subject portal, and the required infrastructure to integrate these tools with the data from the archives. The EPE enables authors to link their publications to datasets and variables in the archives and with additional metadata of how they did their research. The Subject Portal publishes the resulting information and uses it to provide an enhanced search interface for researchers. The strength of DatapluS is the collaboration between data archives, libraries, and research organizations. By aligning their existing responsibilities with those needed for the project, they can now serve the researchers using an efficient and sustainable infrastructure. These lessons learned show that strategic collaboration can efficiently provide advanced services and benefits for the researchers using DDI 3 infrastructure.

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