Archive for April, 2015

"When Data Sharing Gets Close to 100%: What Human Paleogenetics Can Teach the Open Science Movement"

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Open Science, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on April 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Paolo Anagnostou et al. have published "When Data Sharing Gets Close to 100%: What Human Paleogenetics Can Teach the Open Science Movement" in .

Here's an excerpt:

This study analyzes data sharing regarding mitochondrial, Y chromosomal and autosomal polymorphisms in a total of 162 papers on ancient human DNA published between 1988 and 2013. The estimated sharing rate was not far from totality (97.6% ± 2.1%) and substantially higher than observed in other fields of genetic research (evolutionary, medical and forensic genetics). Both a questionnaire-based survey and the examination of Journals' editorial policies suggest that this high sharing rate cannot be simply explained by the need to comply with stakeholders requests. Most data were made available through body text, but the use of primary databases increased in coincidence with the introduction of complete mitochondrial and next-generation sequencing methods. Our study highlights three important aspects. First, our results imply that researchers' awareness of the importance of openness and transparency for scientific progress may complement stakeholders' policies in achieving very high sharing rates. Second, widespread data sharing does not necessarily coincide with a prevalent use of practices which maximize data findability, accessibility, useability and preservation. A detailed look at the different ways in which data are released can be very useful to detect failures to adopt the best sharing modalities and understand how to correct them. Third and finally, the case of human paleogenetics tells us that a widespread awareness of the importance of Open Science may be important to build reliable scientific practices even in the presence of complex experimental challenges.

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Digital Library Interface Developer at Lafayette College

Posted in Digital Library Jobs on April 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

Lafayette College is recruiting a Digital Library Interface Developer.

Here's an excerpt from the ad:

Lafayette College seeks a talented and engaged user interface programmer to join the Library's Digital Scholarship Services department. Are you passionate about Open Source software development? Are you excited by the prospect of creating elegant interfaces for Hydra/Fedora repositories and innovative repository-backed digital research projects? Do you dream in JavaScript, think in Linked Open Data, and/or daydream in Ruby (with sporadic lapses into PHP (within Drupal))?

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Directions for Research Data Management in UK Universities

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Research Libraries on April 1st, 2015 by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

JISC has released Directions for Research Data Management in UK Universities.

Here's an excerpt:

This report addresses five key topics:

  • Policy development and implementation
  • Skills and capability
  • Infrastructure and interoperability
  • Incentives for researchers and support stakeholders
  • Business case and sustainability

For each topic we have included a summary of the main current issues, alongside a vision of where the sector should aim to be in five years' time. We then suggest actions for each topic, divided into 'first steps' and then longer term, more complex priorities. Readers should note that each of the five topics do raise interrelated actions, for example, a usage statistics service is flagged as a potential infrastructure solution and this issue arises again as an action area that can help to incentivise research data management and sharing.

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