Tuesday, April 21, 2009

CrossRef fail - at least we're not alone...

CrossRef has been having some issues with it's OpenURL resolver over the weekend, which means that attempts to retrieve metadata from a DOI, or to find a DOI from metadata, have been thwarted. While annoying (see The dangers of the ‘free’ cloud: The Case of CrossRef), in one sense it's reassuring that it's not just biodiversity data providers that are having problems with service availability.


tompasley said...

I did send a comment to them, praising them for their wonderful service, and explaining I'd like to see it again. It appears they listened (not just to me).

It does concern me though, and I've considered how we'd manage should CrossRef somehow evaporate... the alternatives that come to mind are NLM PubMed and... uh... I think that's about it for "free services".

tompasley said...

Sorry to double up, but this is probably more permanent than twitter?

Chuck's answer to queryin about caching CrossRef's unixref response:

Rod Page said...

After Roger Hyam's post I've sworn not to talk about the "p" word.

I cache CrossRef's metadata, partly to avoid hitting their OpenURL resolver too often, partly so that I can trawl through for the inevitable errors or missing values. Quite a few records have no titles, and some may lack pagination as the metadata was stored for the electronic version, which may appear before the article is printed.