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OCS: Affiliation field more

Postby chuber » Fri Apr 26, 2013 6:34 am

Dear OCS Developers,

I just recently help in organizing a conference, where we used your great system. There is one idea, that would - as I think - even more facilitate the process of creating conference proceedings from online contributions. The idea concerns restructuring the way how affiliations are handled. It would be great if several affiliations could first be entered into the system independent of the authors (ideally in a specific format, like "department, university, city, country"). In a second step, one would link authors to affiliations via numbers or other ways of reference. Therefore, it would be possible to have many to one and one to many mappings for authors and affiliations, which would be great for editing conference proceedings. Well that's just an idea, and i don't know how feasable such a change is. However, I would be happy, if you could consider this suggestion.

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Re: OCS: Affiliation field more

Postby ramon » Fri Apr 26, 2013 9:04 am

Hello Christoph,

I agree with your suggestions.
It would make sense to make this a "general" tool for all OxS software as well!
And it brings back to my memory an idea for an international project I had (probably discussed it with PKP members in one of the conferences I attended):
The idea was to create an international directory of researchers. This way, they could be authenticated and their profile and bio information could be integrated more easily.
It could be a decentralized system! It could be a specific Open Data format that responds to AJAX queries, for example FOAF or something similar.
A URL added would respond with the data, and the system would interpret that as it would see fit, automating much of the biography and user data.
And it could/should be implemented as a 2-way road, meaning OxS could update user data (if authorized) and vice-versa!

This would be phenomenal, for example, for our science research institute, CNPq, making it easier and automated for researchers to update their Lattes Curriculum (if Lattes would allow such a thing, which it probably won't).
Just a thought...

The format would also standardize affiliation/institutional data, allowing for statistical studies.

Ramón Martins Sodoma da Fonseca
Analista em C&T
Coordenação de Tecnologias de Informação
Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia - IBICT
Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia - MCT

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