Category: Research Data
The Library currently has the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index on trial, to provide access to research datasets for UQ staff and researchers. This new index connects researchers to quality data and data sets, across a range of disciplines, from around the world by providing links to data repositories. This makes data more discoverable and accessible by UQ researchers, and can potentially 'speed up the research process'.
Data Citation Index fully indexes a significant number of the world's leading data repositories of critical interest to the research community, including over two million data studies and datasets. The records for the datasets, which include authors, institutions, keywords, citations and other metadata, are connected to related peer-reviewed literature indexed in the Web of KnowledgeSM. Watch the video to find out more.
The purpose of the trial is to evaluate the Index and we are seeking feedback from researchers around UQ on the Data Citation Index. We encourage you to explore this new tool and send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) Data Repository contains research datasets sourced from NCEAS funded activities. NCEAS, a cross-disciplinary and collaborative institute, has made the repository publicly available through the Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) - a network designed to facilitate ecological and environmental research.
Researchers can also register a new dataset, which makes use of Ecological Metadata Language, and Morpho data management software and tools.
The repository is straightforward to use, and contains a wealth of ecological research data and information.
A video created by the Digital Curation Centre, UK offers an interesting overview of research data management. It provides insights into the researchers' role in managing their data, and also identifies some tools and resources available on the Digital Curation Centre website.
Watch the DCC video - Managing Research Data.
Thomson Reuters has announced the release of the Data Citation Index. The index will be hosted on the Web of Knowledge platform, and will become available in late 2012.
The Data Citation Index will incorporate content from datasets deposited in repositories around the world, and will cover the social sciences, physical sciences, life sciences, arts and humanities. The Index will capture bibliographic records and cited references, which will facilitate the measurement of impact in digital research.
In addition, Thomson Reuters believe the Index will provide 'a more comprehensive view of scholarly output' and 'speed up the research process'.
CSIRO's Information Management & Technology team has won the 2012 Excellence in eGovernment Awards: Project and Program Management Category. The award was received for their Research Data Service program.
The Awards website, describes the CSIRO Research Data Service (RDS) as follows:
The CSIRO Research Data Service (RDS) is a ground-breaking program designed to establish capabilities to facilitate the capture, description, access and retrieval of CSIRO's research data assets. The RDS program has successfully brought together national and international stakeholders, and supported the data management requirements of the enterprise while simultaneously meeting the data-related needs of the wide range of specific CSIRO research domains. Data provided through the RDS is now being accessed by researchers worldwide. Since its initial release in 2011, there have been thousands of searches and downloads of data that will lead to new and unexpected discoveries being made. For CSIRO scientists RDS provides an important means of protecting, disseminating and preserving our scientific results for the future.
RDS, funded by the ANDS: Seeding the Commons program, provides a platform to search and access CSIRO data at: Data Access Portal.
JISC News reports that the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has "issued the first public appraisal of the Digging into Data Challenge, an international grant programme first funded by JISC, the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the US National Science Foundation and the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
Their findings are presented in One Culture, along with a series of recommendations for researchers, administrators, scholarly societies, academic publishers, research libraries, and funding agencies. The recommendations are "urgent, pointed, and even disruptive," write the authors. "To address them, we must recognize the impediments of tradition that hinder the contemporary university's ability to adapt to, support, or sustain this emerging research over time."
The Digging into Data Challenge was launched in 2009 to better understand how "big data" changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. Scholars in these disciplines now use massive databases of materials that range from digitized books, newspapers, and music to transactional data such as web searches, sensor data, or cell phone records. The Challenge seeks to discover what new, computationally based research methods might be applied to these sources."
Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS), based in the Netherlands, promotes "sustained access to digital research data". DANS actively encourages researchers to archive research data through the online archiving system EASY.
EASY can also be used to deposit research data. Data is stored securely and permanently in a sustainable manner, and made available to other researchers under conditions specified by the depositor. DANS also makes its data management plan publicly available.
Click here to visit the DANS Data Archive.
Christine Borgman, of the UCLA Department of Information Studies, has written an interesting in-depth discussion paper on "the conundrum of sharing research data":
Researchers are producing an unprecedented deluge of data by using new methods and instrumentation. Others may wish to mine these data for new discoveries and innovations. However, research data are not readily available as sharing is common in only a few fields such as astronomy and genomics. Data sharing practices in other fields vary widely. Moreover, research data take many forms, are handled in many ways, using many approaches, and often are difficult to interpret once removed from their initial context. Data sharing is thus a conundrum. Four rationales for sharing data are examined, drawing examples from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities: (1) to reproduce or to verify research, (2) to make results of publicly funded research available to the public, (3) to enable others to ask new questions of extant data, and (4) to advance the state of research and innovation. These rationales differ by the arguments for sharing, by beneficiaries, and by the motivations and incentives of the many stakeholders involved. The challenges are to understand which data might be shared, by whom, with whom, under what conditions, why, and to what effects. Answers will inform data policy and practice.
Borgman, C. L. (2012), The conundrum of sharing research data. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 63: 1059-1078. doi: 10.1002/asi.22634
Librarians and researchers are becoming increasingly aware of the amount of shared data available online, and the plethora of data repositories available to researchers and the public in many different areas. Rarely though, is there a resource which seeks to simplify our investigation of data repositories and provide a central site to search. Welcome then, to Databib.
Databib is a new resource that aims to "help engage librarians in data services by providing them with an online, community-driven, annotated bibliography and registry of research data repositories." Databib will function as a reference resource to librarians, data users, data producers, publishers, research funding agencies, and researchers who are looking to share their data.
The site is very straightforward to use, and is simply a list of data repositories available online, across the world. You can browse the list alphabetically, or by subject. Repositories are categorised under such subjects as: Agriculture, Ethnic and Gender Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communications and Information Sciences, Ecosystem Sciences, Education, Environmental Sciences, Fine and Performing Arts, Geosciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Philosophy and Religion, and Social Sciences.
Databib is currently being beta-tested and so the bibliography continues to be added to. It is not necessary to register to use the resource, but users have the option to register if they wish to make suggestions for inclusions in the bibliography.
Databib is a partnership between Purdue and Penn State Universities, and is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Databib will prove to be an invaluable resource, access it today - http://databib.org
In the most recent issue of D-Lib Magazine, Natasha Simons examines the growing culture of data citation around use of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) System. In discussing the recent collaboration between ANDS and DataCite to produce the Cite My Data Service, and the implementation of DOIs at Griffith University, she reveals the complexities and benefits of adopting DOIs for research data collections in Australia.
Research is increasingly collaborative and global in nature, and efforts to manage the vast amounts of research data generated daily require global solutions. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system provides a means of persistent identification of research data collections and datasets that is global, standardised and widely used. The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) partnered with DataCite to offer a DOI minting service. At Griffith University, implementing DOIs raised governance questions common to other institutions that encouraged discussion and collaboration.
Click here for the full article from D-Lib Magazine.
Despite the inevitable funding cuts that austerity budgets bring, it's really not a bad time to be a UK researcher - lots of organisations want to help you manage and share your data.
First up, there's the new open access world opening up, courtesy of a UK government mandate.
If you are a manager of a repository or the curator of a digital collection, there are tools for archiving and preserving information packages, managing and administering repositories and depositing and ingesting digital objects.