Digital Infrastructures for Scholarly Content Objects

Jodi Schneider, Anita De Waard, Wolf Tilo Balke, Xiaoguang Wang, Ningyuan Song, Bolin Hua, Yuanxi Fu

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As digital libraries make the dissemination of research publications easier, they also enable the propagation of invalid or unreliable knowledge. Examples of relevant problems include: retraction and inadvertent citation and reuse of retracted papers [1], [2]; propagation of errors in literature and scientific databases [3], [4]; non-reproducible papers; known domain-specific issues such as cell line contamination [5]; bias in research datasets and publications [6]-[8]; systematic reviews that arrive at different conclusions about the same question at the same time [9], [10]. The digital environment facilitates broad interdisciplinary reuse beyond the originating scientific community; thus, marking known problems and tracing the impact on dependent and follow-on works is particularly important (but still under-addressed). Further, context-specific information inside a paper may not be immediately reusable when extracted by automated processes, leading to apparent contradictions [11]. Current mitigating approaches use the underlying reasoning for information retrieval [12], [13], develop new infrastructures analyzing the reasoning [14]-[16] or certainty [17] of statements, or use visualization to highlight possible discrepancies [10], [15].

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2021 ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2021
EditorsJ. Stephen Downie, Dana McKay, Hussein Suleman, David M. Nichols, Faryaneh Poursardar
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781665417709
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event21st ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Sep 27 2021Sep 30 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
ISSN (Print)1552-5996


Conference21st ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online


  • argumentation
  • digital infrastructure
  • fact checking
  • innovation in publishing
  • knowledge updates
  • living documents
  • metadata
  • ontologies
  • quality assessment
  • quality assurance
  • reproducibility
  • robustness
  • scholarly database curation
  • scholarly knowledge graphs
  • semantic publishing


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