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Thomson Reuters Launches Data Citation Index

Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing, Scholarly Metrics on October 17th, 2012

Thomson Reuters has launched the Data Citation Index within the Web of Knowledge.

Here's an excerpt from the press release:

This new research resource from Thomson Reuters creates a single source of discovery for scientific, social sciences and arts and humanities information. It provides a single access point to discover foundational research within data repositories around the world in the broader context of peer-reviewed literature in journals, books, and conference proceedings already indexed in the Web of Knowledge. . . .

The Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index makes research within the digital universe discoverable, citable and viewable within the context of the output the data has informed. Thomson Reuters partnered with numerous data repositories worldwide to capture bibliographic records and cited references for digital research, facilitating visibility, author attribution, and ultimately the measurement of impact of this growing body of scholarship.

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    "Public Availability of Published Research Data in High-Impact Journals"

    Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Publishing, Scholarly Journals on October 15th, 2012

    Alawi A. Alsheikh-Ali et al. have published "Public Availability of Published Research Data in High-Impact Journals" in PLOS ONE.

    Here's an excerpt:

    We reviewed the first 10 original research papers of 2009 published in the 50 original research journals with the highest impact factor. For each journal we documented the policies related to public availability and sharing of data. Of the 50 journals, 44 (88%) had a statement in their instructions to authors related to public availability and sharing of data. However, there was wide variation in journal requirements, ranging from requiring the sharing of all primary data related to the research to just including a statement in the published manuscript that data can be available on request. Of the 500 assessed papers, 149 (30%) were not subject to any data availability policy. Of the remaining 351 papers that were covered by some data availability policy, 208 papers (59%) did not fully adhere to the data availability instructions of the journals they were published in, most commonly (73%) by not publicly depositing microarray data. The other 143 papers that adhered to the data availability instructions did so by publicly depositing only the specific data type as required, making a statement of willingness to share, or actually sharing all the primary data. Overall, only 47 papers (9%) deposited full primary raw data online. None of the 149 papers not subject to data availability policies made their full primary data publicly available.

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      Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation

      Posted in Copyright, Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Reports and White Papers on October 14th, 2012

      The Digital Preservation Coalition has released Intellectual Property Rights for Digital Preservation.

      Here's an excerpt:

      While a number of legal issues colour contemporary approaches to, and practices of, digital preservation, it is arguable that intellectual property law, represented principally by copyright and its related rights, has been by far the most dominant, and often intractable, influence. It is thus essential for those engaging in digital preservation to understand the letter of the law as it applies to digital preservation, but equally important to be able to identify and implement practical and pragmatic strategies for handling legal risks relating to intellectual property rights in the pursuit of preservation objectives. . . .

      This report is aimed primarily at depositors, archivists and researchers/re-users of digital works, but will provide a concise introduction to the subject matter for policymakers and the general public.

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        Presentations from Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections

        Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation, Digital Libraries on October 8th, 2012

        Presentations from the Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections meeting are now available.

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          "A Sample of Research Data Curation and Management Courses"

          Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 4th, 2012

          Andrew T. Creamer et al. have published "A Sample of Research Data Curation and Management Courses" in the latest issue of the Journal of eScience Librarianship.

          Here's an excerpt:

          This paper identifies a sample of research data curation and management courses available at American Library Association-accredited Library and Information Science (LIS) Programs in North America. . . .

          Only 13 (22%) of LIS programs currently offer a course focused on the management and curation of research data. . . .

          Although the literature supports LIS professionals adopting new roles and engaging in eScience and data management, most LIS data-related programs do not have a separate course solely focused on research data management. More LIS programs will need to adapt their curricula in order to help students and practicing professionals develop the needed competencies in research data curation and management.

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            California Digital Library and Partners Launch DataUp Data Management Tool

            Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on October 2nd, 2012

            The California Digital Library and its partners have launched the DataUp data management tool.

            Here's an excerpt from the press release:

            Researchers struggling to meet new data management requirements from funders, journals and their own institutions now can use the DataUp Web application and a Microsoft Excel add-in to document and archive their tabular data. . . .

            The DataUp add-in operates within a program many researchers already use: Microsoft Excel. The Web application allows users to upload tabular data in either Excel format or comma-separated value (CSV) format. Both the add-in and the Web application allow users to:

            • Perform a "best practices check" to ensure data are well-formatted and organized
            • Create standardized metadata, or a description of the data, using a wizard-style template
            • Retrieve a unique identifier for their dataset from their data repository
            • Post their datasets and associated metadata to the repository.

            Although hundreds of data repositories are available for archiving, many scientific researchers either are unaware of their existence or do not know how to access them. One of the major outcomes of the DataUp project is the ONEShare repository, created specifically for DataUp, where users can deposit tabular data and metadata directly from the tool.

            An added advantage of ONEShare is its connection to the DataONE network of repositories. DataONE links existing data centers and enables users to search for data across participating repositories by using a single search interface. Data deposited into ONEShare will be indexed and made available by any DataONE user, facilitating collaboration and enabling data re-use.

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              Research Trends Special Issue on Big Data

              Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management on September 30th, 2012

              Research Trends has published a special issue on big data.

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                "Academic Libraries as Data Quality Hubs"

                Posted in Data Curation, Open Data, and Research Data Management, Digital Curation & Digital Preservation on September 16th, 2012

                Michael Joseph Giarlo has self-archived a preprint of "Academic Libraries as Data Quality Hubs" in ScholarSphere.

                Here's an excerpt:

                This position paper argues that academic libraries have a critical role to play serving as data quality hubs on campus, based on the need for increased data quality for "e-science" and on academic libraries' record of providing digital curation and preservation services. Scientific data are shown to be sufficiently at risk to demonstrate a clear niche for such services to be provided. Data quality measurements are defined, and digital curation processes are explained and mapped to these measurements in order to establish that academic libraries already have sufficient competencies "in-house" to provide data quality services. Opportunities for improvement and challenges are identified as areas that are fruitful for future research and exploration.

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