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How to get started with the Data Citation Index (DCI)

  1. Contact your Outreach Officer or services@ardc.edu.au to express an interest in establishing a DCI harvest.

  2. With ARDC, review and discuss record quality and transform as well as the proposed business processes and agree to proceed.

  3. ARDC will provide an initial harvest from the data source to DCI and advise Clarivate Analytics of the nominated contact for the data source.

  4. Clarivate Analytics will assess a sample of records in the DCI output against their criteria for inclusion. They will also check quality of content, compliance with the DCI metadata schema and the richness of the record as assessed against the content available in the source repository.

  5. Clarivate Analytics staff will liaise directly with the nominated contact for the data source to discuss the metadata assessment and to create a Repository Record for the data source in DCI. This record provides the Repository Name in each DCI record. All collection records for the data source will be linked to this record in DCI. The screenshot below shows an example (Fig 1).

  6. Production harvest from the data source to DCI is established.

  7. Clarivate Analytics provide a DCI admin login for use by the nominated data source contact.

  8. Records are re-harvested from Research Data Australia to DCI on a regular basis.

 

Assessing your records for DCI readiness

An early step in establishing a harvest to DCI is to review the DCI transform of a representative sample of records from your data source. While the focus here is on the transform of records, it is important to also carefully review the accuracy and completeness of content in your records. Incorrect content (for example, misspelling of names) will affect the discoverability and capture of citation metrics for your records. It is also important that the records describe objects that are in scope for the DCI, e.g. they are not secondary records describing data held elsewhere.

More information on DCI readiness (PDF, 0.5 MB)

To enable you to review your records, ARDC has:

  • documented the RIF-CS to DCI transform mapping
  • created a simple web service that enables Data Source Administrators (DSAs) to preview records in their data source that have been transformed to the DCI metadata format (XML output) using the mapping. To use the web service, in the Production or Demo environment, you need to have DSA permissions.

 

Fig 1: DCI Repository record. All records from a data source will be linked to this record in the Data Citation Index

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