[JournalMap] Planning the Creation of a Multi-Purpose, Public Facing Academic Research Database Platform for Agricultural Data with Geolocation Data Correlation
We are proposing a web application and service to improve search and discovery of agricultural and environmental literature through geographic searching. This service will be built as an evolution of two already successful applications: Global Research Alliance (GRA) on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases’ Croplands Research Database (CRDB, see URL list in supplemental material) which is maintained by Kansas State University Libraries and JournalMap. The CRDB provides researchers with a curated database of literature about climate change effects on crop agriculture. JournalMap provides a model for geographic literature searching (Karl et al. 2013) and a powerful mechanism for extracting geolocation data from academic papers and applying it to articles as a metadata field enabling location-based search (Karl 2018). Our proposed system is designed as a modular, flexible, multi-modal, open source web service for integrating with databases, catalogs, or discovery systems used in library and publishing environments. In this planning grant, we will focus on agricultural and environmental scientific literature, but the proposed concept is extensible to any knowledge domain and resource type for which location is a relevant search parameter.