Academic articles have a DOI (e.g., 10.1371/journal.pone.0053873), as does the literature cited by that article (mostly).
Imagine we had a network linking collection objects (such as specimens in natural history collections) to publications on those objects. How could we build this? We need at least three things:
Let's assume that we have a list of specimens and the papers that mention them, how do we show those connections in a useful way?
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Using a bookmarklet we have displayed links between academic publications and objects in natural history collections. In each case neither the publication's publisher nor the natural history collection knew about the links, but we were able to add them to the web page using a bookmarklet. We can enhance the user's experience, and gain insight into connections between objects and research based on those objects without requiring changes in the underlying web pages.
Under the hood there are two key components, the bookmarklet that reads the web page, and a triplestore that stores links between collection objects and publications as W3C annotations.
Is this a useful way to show the potential for PIDs for collection objects?
If so, how do we scale this across collections that already have PIDs?
Can we generalise this beyond natural history collections?