What is Augment API?
Research Graph Augment API is a RESTful API that transforms metadata of research objects into a collaboration network. The API transforms a single ORCID or DOI to a connected graph consist of the following connections:
For details of the nodes please refer to Research Graph Schema.
Background and technical notes
Augument API was designed in 2017 as a cloud-based service to transform disconnected research information into a connected graph, and augment this graph with the data from the global network of scholarly works. Augment API leverages the Research Graph distributed network and persistent identifiers to establish connections between publications, researchers, research datasets and grants across global infrastructures such as DataCite and open access initiatives such as Scholix.
This project was initiated by the partners in the Research Data Alliance Working Group on Data Description Registry Interoperability, and an earlier implementation has been implemented by GESIS in Germany and NCI in Australia.
You can find the related webinars at
- Tracking research data footprints via integration with Research Graph (Mar 8, 2018)
Dr Ben Evans and Dr Jingbo Wang from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) present the NCI Augmented Graph and show how researchers and third-party systems can access and leverage this information.
- Discovering Research Data Links via GESIS LOD Research Graph (Feb 28, 2018)
Dr Ben Evans and Dr Jingbo Wang from the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) will present the NCI Augmented Graph and show how researchers and third-party systems can access and leverage this information.
Research Graph Cloud services enable the following capabilities using the Augment API:
- Build Graph: Transform disconnected bibliographic records to a connected graph
- Augment: Transform the graph with data from Research Graph clusters and the global research data infrastructures.
- Create Open Graphs: Transform the augmented graph to interoperable formats such as VIVO RDF, GraphML and JSON.
In 2021, we are opening a highly accessible gateway to this capability using RESTful web services. While the REST API does not support all the functionality of the Research Graph Augment services at this stage, it is our starting step toward making this capability accessible to the Australian and international community.