The Lens: Open for Outcomes

17 November 2020 by Aaron Ballagh in Featured, News

The Lens: Open for Outcomes

SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) recently featured The Lens as part of a series of impact stories on open data. The Lens was featured on a SPARC OpenCon Librarian Community call in September, which highlighted the value of open platforms and open data.

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines in how scientific problems are solved. It has shown the urgent need for affordable, open and cooperative action informed by evidence — and inspired by imagination. Science alone doesn’t solve problems; at its best, it answers questions.  Useful solutions require finding, incentivizing, and coordinating many more actors in the innovation system to work together. 

To help facilitate this kind of environment, the Australian-based nonprofit social enterprise, Cambia, created and runs an online open platform called The Lens. It currently hosts 120 million global patent documents linked to a vast searchable database of over 220 million scholarly works and their metadata, compiled and normalized from numerous collaborators and sources, includes Microsoft Academic, PubMed, ORCID, Crossref, CORE, UnPaywall and many others...

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