Category: Open Data
We are pleased to announce that Research Data Australia has begun harvesting data collection records from UQ eSpace. Researchers can now describe their data collections in eSpace, and then the harvest makes the data description visible through Research Data Australia.
This allows researchers and research groups to describe their research data according to good practice, in order to aid the discovery, dissemination, and preservation of their research data. This goes some way to champion research datasets as being a first-class research output at UQ.
View our first live record here:
Special thanks to the Centre for Military and Veterans Health, who worked with us to describe this first data collection.
Anyone wanting to know more, or describe some data, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Figshare announced this week that they
have gone into partnership with PLOS to
host the supplemental data for all seven PLOS journals. For ease of
access to view the data, PLOS will provide a widget, which will allow the users
to view the data alongside the content.
"PLOS believes in making data as visible and useful as possible," said Kristen Ratan, Chief Publishing and Product Officer at PLOS. "Partnering with figshare is an important step in increasing the accessibility of the data associated with our research articles."
Figshare have invited members of their community to become advisors. In exchange for presenting figshare to your colleagues at a lab meeting or journal club.
- In return for becoming an advisor Figshare are offering :
- figshare goodies such as hoodies, t-shirts, mugs, stickers, pens, etc.
- Early access to new features before they're public.
- A figshare Advisor badge on your figshare profile.
- Travel expenses paid by figshare when you give presentations outside of your area.
- Looks great on your C.V.
F1000Research (launched 2013) is an original open-access publishing program for life scientists it offers:
- Immediate publication
- Transparent peer review (post-publication)
- Full data deposition and sharing
Other service on this platform includes:
F1000Posters an open access repository of conference posters and oral presentations from across biology and medicine. F10000 claims that by depositing you poster it will:
- Widen your audience by linking your full paper to the poster
- Provide discussion and feedback
F1000Prime an online directory which includes:
- Daily updates
- Over 100,000 recommendations of the top publishing articles in biology and medicine directory
- Personnel customization for quick access to the content that interests you including; favourite sections, stored search, bookmarked articles and email alerts
Institutional membership is available for University of Queensland staff & students. Register at F100Prime.
The latest issue of World Archaeology is a special issue on "Open Data"
- Open archaeology by Mark Lake
- A vision of Open Archaeology Anthony Beck & Cameron Neylon
- Openness and archaeology's information ecosystem Eric Kansa
- DIY and digital archaeology; what are you doing to participate? Colleen Morgan & Stuart Eve
- Lost in information? Ways of knowing and modes of representation in e-archaeology Jeremy Huggett
For further information go to World Archaeology Volume 44, Issue 4, 2012
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman launched the Queensland Government data portal stating "Data is becoming the currency of our society. By making government data available to the public we will allow Queenslanders to develop innovative services and solutions" (Dec 2012).
A snapshot of the datasets available at data.gov.au include:
- 2012 Annual property valuation
- British convict registers
- Coal seam gas environmental authorities reserve and statistics
- Digitised maps
To find out more go to Dataset categories.
Interested in government open-data see Government Data for further information.
On the 13th December the latest open-access journal eLife was official launched. A press release yesterday stated eLife, the open-access journal for outstanding advances in life sciences and biomedicine reveals a fresh approach to presenting and using scientific content on its new website.
eLife aims to provide a journal portal that invites visitors to
Explore - Important new research and associated data
Read - Commentary by experts and colleagues
eLife is supported by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and Wellcome Trust.
Velichka Dimitrova is the project coordinator for Economic and Energy at the Open Knowledge Foundation. Her latest blog deliberates the management of data, asking the question can economic research results be replicated? For further informatation go to the project EDaWaX (European Data Watch Extended) which examined scholarly economic journals and data.
Searching for government data? The Australian Government has made available an extensive range of public datasets at http://data.gov.au/. Data.gov.au states that it aims to provide an easy way to find, access and reuse public datasets from the Australian Government and state and territory governments, encouraging users of the datasets to develop tools and applications for all Australian to use.
Apps developed using Australian Government datasets include:
Interested in data from other countries? This list is endless; We have selected a few examples for you to browse.
Australian Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) data discovery portal is now LAUNCHED. TERN's mission is "to link the science and scientists both within and across disciplines" through a data portal which will collect, store and distribute important data.
Major datasets from Australian scientists are discoverable in this portal, they include:
- Planets & animals
- Terrestrial ecosystem
- Ecological dynamics
- Freshwater & estuarine
- Land surface & soils
To discover more, go to TERN Data Discovery Portal.
RunMyCode is a revolutionary scientific validation tool. A cloud based platform that allows researchers to share the code and data that underlies their research.
It has three main objectives:
- Speedy dissemination of results, which will potentially increase citation of scientific papers.
- To provide the research community with a user friendly environment, in doing so to speed up the process of converting scientific results into productive forces.
- To allow the scientific community to replicate results and to demonstrate their robustness.
The current coverage includes:
- Several social sciences (economics, econometrics, finance, and management)
RunMyCode account is a free service for all researchers where you can use, manage and create your own companion website to promote your own research.
The American Psychological Association (APA) is now accepting manuscripts for Archives of Scientific Psychology, which is expecting to publish its first article next year. Gary VendenBos co-editor stated "While Archives isn't psychology's first open-access journal, it is the first to require authors to contribute their full data set to a central, restricted-access data repository." The journal aims to appeal to a dual audience of both scientist and laypeople, with plain-language summaries and traditional abstracts.
To find out more:
Europeana is an online library endorsed by the European Commission, for millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. Europeana has recently opened its dataset of over 20 million cultural objects for free re-use under the Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication meaning that anyone can use the data for any purpose - creative, educational, commercial - with no restrictions.
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for the Digital Agenda for Europe, said: "Open data is such a powerful idea, and Europeana is such a cultural asset, that only good things can result from the marriage of the two. People often speak about closing the digital divide and opening up culture to new audiences but very few can claim such a big contribution to those efforts as Europeana's shift to creative commons." Europeana's huge cultural dataset opens for re-use , Press Release - The Hague, 12 September 2012
The Denton Declaration: an Open Data Manifesto, is the latest announcement on the growing debate on open data.
The declaration includes:
- Open access to research data is critical for advancing science, scholarship, and society.
- Research data, when repurposed, has an accretive value.
- Publicly funded research should be publicly available for public good.
- Transparency in research is essential to sustain the public trust.
- The validation of research data by the peer community is an essential function of the responsible conduct of research.
- Managing research data is the responsibility of a broad community of stakeholders including researchers, funders, institutions, libraries, archivists, and the public.
To read further, go to Open Access@UNT
NDAR provides the infrastructure to store, search across, and analyse various types of data. In addition, NDAR provides longitudinal storage of a research participant's information generated by one or more research studies.
In other words, NDAR is able to associate a single research participant's genetic, imaging, clinical assessment and other information even if the data were collected at different locations or through different studies.
By doing so, NDAR gives researchers access to more data than they can collect on their own and provides robust tools to analyse the information, making it easier and faster for researchers to gather, evaluate, and share autism research information from a variety of sources.
Generally, NDAR provides the following capabilities:
• Standards to enable cross site meta-analysis and data comparisons across bioinformatics systems.
• Deployment of useful bioinformatics tools for researcher use.
• Promotion of the sharing of quality research data with autism research community.
• Query access to a repository of phenotypic, genomic, imaging and pedigree research data.
In The Conversation on the 26th September 2012, Alex O. Holcombe and Matthew Todd published an open letter to the Australian Research Council on why scientific data should be shared. Alex and Matthew stated in the letter "It may be only through open science, with massively collaborative efforts, that urgent problems of the world can be solved." To read the article and letter, visit The Conversation Scientific data should be shared: an open letter to the ARC.