OpenCitations: enabling the FAIR use of open citation data
Datasets usually provide raw data for analysis. This raw data often comes in spreadsheet form, but can be any collection of data, on which analysis can be performed.
Citations are the bridges that enable people to pass from one scholarly work (e.g. a conference paper) to others (e.g. journal articles and book chapters). At present, the unrestricted travel over the entire network of bridges by using existing services requires one to pay an expensive fee, which is affordable only by rich professionals – such universities or other research institutes. The general populace is excluded.
In this paper, we introduce the OpenCitations Corpus, an open repository of scholarly citation data available in RDF and published according to the FAIR principles, which is an attempt to provide open bridges between scholarly works.