Category: Data sharing
It's Research Week, and UQ Library is launching a new Research Data Collections form in eSpace. The new form will allow researchers and research groups to describe their data according to good practice.
UQ eSpace can now support either open access or mediated access to your research data collections, and aid the discovery, dissemination and preservation of research data as a first class research output at UQ.
Having your research data described in eSpace will:
- make it visibile via search engines such as Google, as well as through national data repositories such as Research Data Australia
- create a record for that data under your My UQ eSpace profile (there is a new 'My Research Data' tab just for this purpose).
- enable you to build an index of your research data, and count the number of times it has been viewed and downloaded, therefore contributing to your research profile.
How can I use this new service?
There a few simple steps to adding your research data into UQ eSpace.
- Researchers need to provide a description of their data using the new eSpace data collections form. RIS librarians can also provide assistance with data descriptions - email email@example.com
- Ensure your data will be offered as either mediated access (by providing a contact for the data) or open access (by uploading the data or providing a link to the data).
- Make your data re-usable without any limiting software requirements
- If your school or department already stores your data in an existing repository, you can still fill in the data collections form and provide a link to the location of the data in the form.
Further information can be found in the FAQs tab in eSpace, and in a guidance document located on the main UQ eSpace page.
Data publishing has been gaining momentum, due to an increasing awareness of the benefits in publishing and re-using data, alongside the growing requirements of funding bodies that data be made publicly available. By publishing your research data you can:
• ensure the replication and verification of work;
• enable formal and measureable recognition of data as a research output;
• reduce the duplication of data collection;
• allow the re-use of data in multi- and interdisciplinary research;
• ensure greater transparency in the research process.
• Achieve maximum returns on investment in research
In Australia the publishing of research data is encouraged by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. It states that research data should be made available for use by other researchers unless it is prevented by ethical, privacy or confidentiality matters. Increasingly, funding agencies are placing the onus on researchers to publish research data that has been collected using public funds.
- There are a number of ways to publish your research data. Researchers can deposit their data into an institutional repository. The UQ Library is soon launching a new service, with UQ eSpace accepting data. Alternatively, there are many discipline specific data repositories that will accept research data, and make it available or discoverable to other researchers.
- One of the common barriers to publishing research data is concerns about attribution and recognition of data and researchers. These concerns can be addressed through the implementation of DOI's (or persistent identifiers) for datasets at the time they are published or deposited into a repository, allowing the data to be correctly cited. Researchers can also apply Creative Commons licensing to their data to ensure that any future use or reuse of that data is appropriate and correctly cited.
The most recent newsletter from TERN discusses some of the initiatives that are in place to remove the barriers to data publishing.
Many researchers at UQ are already publishing their data. If you would like to publish your research data, the UQ Library's Research Data Management team can assist you.
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.
The National Academies Press has published a compendium of academic thinking about sharing academic data, "The Future of Scientific Knowledge Discovery in Open Networked Environments: Summary of a Workshop." It is available to download free as a PDF.
The report is largely an exercise in envisioning the possible opportunities for scientific discovery presented by extensive data sharing, based on large-scale, present-day examples. Read his full article here.
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.