Our meeting began with a fantastic keynote by John Wilbanks from Creative Commons. He gave us a motto for our path: We should keep in my mind that all our solutions have to be:
Simple. Weak. Scalable. Open
John’s slides can be found here , but I understand that he will upload a version with audio soon.
DataCite is about to become a community. A community to achieve data citation. It was great to see that so many different players were present to built this community here with us:
Data centers, Libraries, Publishers, Universities, Founding organisation and scientists.
Some statements amongst others that I will take home from the last days:
- Abstracts to articles are open, it is time that the reference lists will be open too
- We have to move from our current practise of “data sighting” to “data citing”
- But even the ability to cite data might not be enough incentive for the scientists to publish their data. (“Waiving the carrot only makes sense to those who like carrots”)
- The web once was invented for scholars, now it has changed everything except scholarly publication. It is time to end this.
- Data is the real outcome of science, the article is only the summary or even mere metadata to the data.
- Concerning the information overflow: We do not have to turn off the tabs, we have to build boats.
- What is publishing data anyway: Publishing with a small “p” (putting it online somehow) or with a big “P” (Quality controlled, peer-reviewed, persistent availability)
- The difference between CrossRef and DataCite is the difference between communities. Those communities cooperate so do DataCite and CrossRef.
- Concerning the issue, whether datasets and journals should be stored and maintained together: There already is a place for this and this place is the library.
It has been a great week. Full of great discussions and interesting thoughts.
A big thank you to all of those who have been here and enriched the discussions. We have received a great feedback by the community that also is a heavy mission for us. We will respect it. See you all next year in Copenhagen for the 2012 summer meeting.
The slides of the summer meeting will be up on the datacite webpage soon. You can find more summaries of the meeting on the web:
By Karthik Ram