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The Nordic List

Published: 2018-05-16

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Since 2015 the Nordic countries have been collaborating to develop a common registry of authorized research publication channels with bibliographic data on journals, series and publishers. Denmark, Finland and Norway have joined their national lists of authorized research publication channels, used for indicators in the national performance-based research funding systems. Sweden, Iceland, Greenland and Faroe Islands do not have a similar funding system but are planning to use such lists as a tool for a national or Nordic overview of authorized research publication channels.

NSD - Norwegian Centre for Research Data, have coordinated the technical development in 2017 and the work is funded by NordForsk and The Presidency of the Nordic Council. The plan for technical development agreed upon by the collaboration and funding is finished by summer 2018.

The Nordic list consists of a bibliographic dataset on the publication channels listed in each countries national database. The national lists are joined technically which gives all the countries a common source of information desirable from the perspective of resource efficiency and as a tool for the countries without a list. The list provides more information by updating the bibliographic data in the national databases and facilitates an overview of research output in the Nordic countries.

The Nordic List application and database are hosted in a cloud solution and available via a log in solution. Access is restricted to the contributing stakeholders. The data model for the Nordic list is complete and supports publishers, series, journals and conferences, with associated data fields. The list supports metadata, both from the individual lists, and unique to the Nordic list (registration dates, modification dates, history, comments etc.) OECD fields are added and the connections to fields from the stakeholders are matched. There has been much work in resolving duplicate information in the list. Currently we are working on the application in the list on exposing more of the developed functionality and information. Danish data has been limited until now, and more complete data will be imported. Some preset statistics have been added and will be implemented in the user interface. Export of the data are possible through use of excel. There have been thoughts on developing an api` solution for exporting data from the list. If the collaboration decides to add this functionality, this will require more resources and time in organizing and documentation.

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