Category: Research Data
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 citation and licensing
- Getting data a seat at international tables
- Using data to fight malaria
- Seal data used in Oceanography research
- Connecting data and NHMRC grants
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.
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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