The Global Registries Initiative (GRI) aims to facilitate a global data and scholarly resources commons into which anyone can contribute, and from which anyone can discover and reuse valuable scholarly materials and research data. Our strategy is to build a federation of national collection registries and global discipline-specific collection registries, providing an interoperable core of services based around the concept of a global "Register-of-Registries".
The current list of partner registries is:
- OCKHAM Initiative - Ockham Digital Library Services Registry
- IESR - Information Environment Service Registry
- ANDS - Australian National Data Service
The NSF-funded Data Conservancy program is also a participant in the initiative, identifying potential consumers and use cases for the "Register-of-Registries" from within its stakeholder community. The GRI hopes to expand its membership to include more registries.
The governance behind this federation exists to support the alignment of collection profile description methods so that aggregations across these registries are useful and to ensure participating registries meet both the business and service requirements necessary to successfully contribute to the overall objectives of the initiative.
Although the success of the GRI will be measured by improvements in end-user discovery services, the GRI is an enabler of such services rather than a provider. The key beneficiaries are not just end users, but aggregators and intermediaries such as portals, applications and mash-up communities.
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