rclis is based on a holistic view of research documentation. It does not only seek to collect metadata about documents and collection of documents, but also data about authors and institutions who contribute to the scientific progress such as universities, research centers and scholarly societies. In this sense, rclis is a clone of the highly successful RePEc project for economics and related disciplines.
rclis is inspired by the open source software movement. We believe that closed databases, that are tightly controlled by its vendors, are the equivalent in the world of data to what closed-source software is in the world of software. Users of such databases have to take their contents as given. No formal ways are defined to correct contents or to add records. In the world of research documentation, where the user and contributor community closely overlap, it is possible to provide an alternative to closed databases. rclis tries to test this idea.
rclis offers support to the movement for free online scholarship. It primarily seeks to document resources that are freely available online. The simple practical reason is that freely available online resources offer more convenience to the user. It does not, however, reject off-line or toll-gated resources. It's aim is to be an inclusive dataset that holds the trust of all stakeholders in the scholarly communication process.
rclis is based on volunteer power. It currently has no infrastructure to receive funds directly. Funding that is available to rclis contributors may be used for projects that benefit the whole of rclis. Working together is more productive and more fun than working alone.
rclis has no formal management structure. Instead, contributors coordinate using the rclis mailing list. You are welcome to join.