What's new on the SONAR portal?

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It’s been some time since the last update about SONAR’s new features. The main ones are: research project management, custom collections, persistent identifier assignment (ARK), custom local fields and an Open Access filter. Let’s take a look at these new features in detail and in pictures.

Research project management

The promotion of research projects is becoming increasingly important in the age of open science. For that reason, research projects are now full-fledged entities in SONAR, with their own metadata and deposit workflow. It now enables to:

Soon, it will also be possible to use a submission and validation workflow for research projects, as is the case for publications.

Custom collections

A new resource called “Collection” allows documents to be grouped according to a criteria defined by the institution. Thus in the image below, one can gather everything concerning research tools in Geneva history.

Please note that:

Screenshot of the collection 'Research tools in Geneva history'

A collection in the public interface

Persistent identifier assignment (ARK)

Each document automatically receives a persistent identifier from the ARK (Archival Resource Key) system. An ARK identifier is persistent, i.e. it always points to the resource in question, even if the latter changes location, for example if the platform changes.

SONAR has chosen to assign ARKs rather than DOIs in a first step for the following two reasons:

The best workflow for discoverability and monitoring, especially outside of SONAR, is to add the DOI created by the publisher when submitting the publication to SONAR.

DOI attribution is not excluded as a medium term new feature.

Local fields

SONAR allows to define three fields specific to an institution. The label can be defined in all the languages of the interface and one can decide to have a facet (or not) for this field. Again, everything is configured from the professional interface.

This allows an institution to store information that does not fit into the standard SONAR data model, such as a category for statistics or a local classification.

Screenshot of the configuration of local fields

How to configure a local field in an organisation

Settings of the landing page text

A WYSIWYG editor allows to write the description that will be displayed on the landing page of the institution. Administrators can quickly adapt this text, or insert temporary messages to users of their platform.

Open Access filter

A switch button now enables to filter the search results to documents that are Open Access.

Screenshot of the switch button in the interface

Open Access filter

Other issues

Many other small improvements have been made, e.g. about changing the interface language, drop-down menus, etc. In particular, various details of the submission form have been adjusted according to feedback from professionals in the field who will soon be using SONAR in production.

Next to come: what are we doing right now at RERO+ ?

One of the main features we are working on is subdivisions. They enable an institution to define faculties (or departments, sections…) and to assign submitters and moderators to them.