The report "The Value of Research Data - Metrics for datasets from a cultural and technical point of view" recommends that data sharing and data publication should be more broadly adopted among scholars. To support this a reward system should be developed for scientists that includes data metrics. Other important steps to be taken are that the costs of data publication should be reduced and the existing negative perceptions of researchers regarding data publication should be addressed. Standards will need to be developed for preservation, publication, identification and citation of datasets. The report was commissioned by Knowledge Exchange and written by Rodrigo Costas, Ingeborg Meijer and Paul Wouters from the Centre for Science and Technology Studies at the Unversity of Leiden.
Máire Geoghegan Quinn, the European Commissioner of Research, Innovation and Science commented on this report: "The European Commission is committed to increase the impact of publicly-funded research through open access. We have already said this will be the default for publications arising from future EU funded research in Horizon 2020, and we are considering also a pilot project to explore ways to make research data open access too. We welcome all contributions to this debate and this report is very timely as we develop our ideas."
The report can be found here: http://www.knowledge-exchange.info/datametrics
Die aus dem interdisziplinäten WissGrid-Projekt entstandene Publikation "Leitfaden zum Forschungsdaten-Management" ist als editierte Version analog im Verlag Werner Hülsbusch unter http://www.vwh-verlag.de/vwh/?p=814
erhältlich und steht open access und digital unter http://www.wissgrid.de/publikationen/Leitfaden_Data-Management-WissGrid.pdf
zur Verfügung. Die nicht-editierten Versionen der WissGrid-Ergebnisse stehen auch weiterhin auf den WissGrid-Seiten (http://www.wissgrid.de/
Der Leitfaden zum Forschungsdaten-Management stellt eine Checkliste und Anleitung bereit, um die wichtigsten Aufgaben und Fragen im Forschungsdaten-Management strukturiert zu beantworten und dessen Umsetzung effizient zu planen.
Interested participants from all library types, publishers, and funding agencies are encouraged to contact NISO
The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) voting members have approved a new project to develop standardized bibliographic metadata and visual indicators to describe the accessibility of journal articles as well as potentially describe how "open" the item is. Many offerings are available from publishers under the banner of Open Access (OA), Increased Access, Public Access, or other descriptions; the terms offered vary between publishers and, in some cases, based on the funding organization of the author. Adding to the potential confusion, a number of publishers also offer hybrid options in which some articles are "open" while the rest of the journal's content are available only by subscription or license. No standardized bibliographic metadata currently provides information on whether a specific article is freely readable and what re-use rights might be available to readers. Visual indicators or icons indicating the openness of an article are inconsistent in both design and use across publishers or even across journals from the same publisher.
"The NISO OA metadata and indicator project would complement other related efforts currently underway," states Nettie Lagace, NISO's Associate Director for Programs. "Such projects include CrossMark, CrossRef's update identification service; How Open Is It?, a guide developed by PLoS, SPARC, and OASPA; Vocabularies for OA (V40A), a JISC/UKOLN project; ONIX-PL, a specification for communicating licensing terms developed by EDItEUR; the Linked Content Coalition; and NISO's Open Discovery Initiative. Coordination and communication with these projects will be an important aspect of the NISO working group's efforts."
"The benefits of having standardized OA metadata and indicators should have a positive impact on many participants in the scholarly communications chain," explains Todd Carpenter, NISO's Executive Director. "Funders who have implemented OA mandates would have a mechanism to determine if a specific article or researcher is compliant with their policies. Publishers of hybrid journals would benefit by having a simple mechanism for signaling the OA status of the articles published under that model. Authors could more easily determine whether their selected distribution option is being respected and be able to document their compliance with funder requirements.
Readers could more easily ascertain from search results if they can read an article for free or fee-and more easily adhere to the terms that publishers have established. Aggregators and discovery service providers would have an improved mechanism of programmatically collecting and surfacing OA articles that are available in the community."
The project launched by NISO will focus initially on metadata elements that describe the readership rights associated with an OA article. Specifically, the NISO Working Group will determine the optimal mechanisms to describe and transmit the right, if any, an arbitrary user has to access a specific article from any internet connection point. Recommendations will include a means for distribution and aggregation of this metadata in machine-readable form. The group will also consider the feasibility of incorporating information on re-use rights and the feasibility of reaching agreement on transmission of that data.
Individuals interested in participating in this working group should contact Nettie Lagace (nlagace[at]niso.org). An interest group list for this project will be available for those who would like to receive updates on the Working Group's progress and provide feedback to the group on its work. To subscribe, send an e-mail to oa-indicators-info-subscribe[at]list.niso.org.
The community-based, open-data platform, figshare, will host the
supplemental data for the seven Public Library of Science (PLOS)
journals. It will also provide a widget that will enable PLOS users to
view data in the articles in the browser alongside the content.Read more
Jahnke and Asher explore workflows and methodologies at a variety of
academic data curation sites, and Keralis delves into the academic
milieu of library and information schools that offer instruction in data
curation. Their conclusions point to the urgent need for a reliable and
increasingly sophisticated professional cohort to support
data-intensive research in our colleges, universities, and research
Jahnke, L., and A. Asher (2012), The Problem of Data; Council on Library and Information Resources, Washington, D.C. http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub154
Peer review of publications is at the core of science and primarily seen
as instrument for ensuring research quality. However, it is less common
to independently value the quality of the underlying data as well. In
the light of the ‘data deluge’ it makes sense to extend peer review to
the data itself and this way evaluate the degree to which the data are
fit for re-use. This paper describes a pilot study at EASY - the
electronic archive for (open) research data at our institution. In EASY,
researchers can archive their data and add metadata themselves. Devoted
to open access and data sharing, at the archive we are interested in
further enriching these metadata with peer reviews.
As a pilot,
we established a workflow where researchers who have downloaded data
sets from the archive were asked to review the downloaded data set. This
paper describes the details of the pilot including the findings, both
quantitative and qualitative. Finally, we discuss issues that need to be
solved when such a pilot is turned into a structural peer review
functionality for the archiving system.
Grootveld, M., and J. van Egmond (2012), Peer-Reviewed Open Research
Data: Results of a Pilot, International Journal of Digital Curation, 7(2), 81–91, doi:10.2218/ijdc.v7i2.231.
Available from: http://ijdc.net/index.php/ijdc/article/view/221
Purdue University Libraries is pleased to announce the launch of Data Curation Profiles Directory
, a new serial publication edited by Jacob Carlson & D. Scott Brandt.
Data Curation Profiles (DCP) are in-depth publications which provide detailed descriptions of research data sets and collections. The DCP, and the associated Toolkit
which provides instructions and advice on composing them, are the results of research funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Working with Purdue University Libraries Scholarly Publishing Services, the Data Curation Profiles Directory provides a suite of services to support publication, including: assigning a DOI and citation for each published DCP, improved visibility for Profiles through inclusion in indexing and discovery tools, and a commitment to the preservation of DCPs through CLOCKSS and Portico.
Contributors include authors from Cornell University, Purdue University, University of California San Diego, University of Hawaii, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of South Florida, and University of Tennessee Knoxville. Information on publishing a Data Curation Profile can be found on the Guidelines for Authors
James L. Mullins, Dean of Libraries and Esther Ellis Norton Professor notes that, "The Data Curation Profiles demonstrate Purdue Libraries' research commitment to furthering the role of librarians' involvement in understanding research data management and curation, and the Data Curation Profiles Directory is a significant advancement in supporting their publication and dissemination."
The DCP evolved out of research conducted by the Purdue University Libraries and its Distributed Data Curation Center, in conjunction with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 2007-2009. The Toolkit was developed and promoted by the Purdue University Libraries through additional funding by IMLS. The Data Curation Profiles Directory is supported by Purdue University Libraries and the Purdue University Press.