To enable the visibility of scientific documents deposited in Open Access repositories is necessary to use a common storage and exchange of information language enabling interoperability between them.
RECOLECTA ensures that all repositories that are part of the platform comply with international standards for interoperability. To do this:
- Have been drawn up RECOLECTA-DRIVER Criteria that reflect the requirements to be met repositories to ensure good quality and, therefore, adequate visibility of records. These criteria are based on the DRIVER Guidelines and the OpenAIRE guidelines.
- The RECOLECTA validator verifies compliance with the RECOLECTA-DRIVER Criteria repositories that are validated and provides a detailed report that identifies records containing errors and the type of the error.
The interoperability is administered in different levels. The RECOLECTA-DRIVER Criteria include two levels of interoperability: the syntactic, use of OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative-Protocol Metadata Harvesting), and the semantic use of OAI_DC vocabularies. The OAI-PMH Protocol ensures the resource is harvester correctly. The rules of metadata solve semantic difficulties that may arise in the different interpretations of metadata model developed by Dublin Core Metadata Initiative. Within these rules are defined as compulsory and some others as recommended.