OpenAIRE infrastructure sub-systems

The OpenAIRE infrastructure features a number of sub-systems, dedicated to four main activities:

  • Aggregation sub-system: collection of information packages and publication texts (e.g. PDFs, XMLs, HTMLs) from data sources; based on the typology of such packages (e.g. Dublin Core metadata records, DataCite metadata records, CERIF-XML metadata records, proprietary formats), the system transforms them onto "cleaned" metadata records with uniform structure and semantics, matching the specification of the OpenAIRE data model;
  • De-duplication sub-system: given as input the native information space graph (as generated by the data provision sub-system), the system identifies duplicates among the objects of the same entity type; for each entity, the system generates a set of similarity relationships between pairs of objects identified as duplicates, which will be used by the data publishing subsystem to generate a disambiguated information space;
  • Information inference sub-system: given as input the last public information space graph (disambiguated and enriched by inference in the last round) and the publications full-texts, the system applies a number of mining algorithms (i.e. "modules"); for each mining module the system produces a set (called ActionSet) of inferred information, which will be used by the data publishing sub-system to enrich the information space graph;
  • Data provision sub-system: given as input the cleaned metadata records as yielded by the aggregation sub-system, the similarity relationships as (last) yielded by the de-duplication sub-system, and the inference ActionSets as (last) yielded by the information inference sub-system, the data provision system:
    1. populates an initial bare-aggregation information space graph,
    2. enriches the graph with similarity relationships and runs an object merging algorithm to remove duplicates,
    3. enriches the graph with inferred information,
    4. instantiates (publishes) the graph over three back-ends serving different use-cases: full-text index, OAI-PMH publisher, PostgreSQL statistics database (a LOD back-end is being developed in OpenAIRE2020).


Figure 1 OpenAIRE2020 infrastructure sub-systems.

The three subsystems Aggregation sub-system, De-duplication sub-system, and Data provision sub-system are those contributing to the population and enrichment of the OpenAIRE information space graph. In particular, such systems bring in:

  • objects of different entities collected from data sources (originally collected as information packages);
  • new objects ("representative objects") obtained as merge of duplicate object collected from data sources;
  • new objects, relationships, or attributes inferred by mining PDFs of publications or by mining the information space graph itself.

The OpenAIRE data model entities and their properties are therefore extended with Provenance fields in order to represent the information needed to describe the origin and the process that led the bit of information into the graph.

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