Last June, the first DataCite meeting in Hannover was a great success. We had around 100 atendees from all over the world and many interesting talks on different research data topics. You can find the slides and videos from the conference here .
As a result of the meeting, Adam Farquhar and I were approached by the D-Lib magazine to be guest editors on their January/February issue that should have the theme “research data.
This new issue is now online! You will find a lot of interesting articles, most of them based on talks from the DataCite summer meeting, for example:
- Merce Cosas from Harvard on the DataVerse project . DataVerse is very exiting work and we at DataCite are looking forward to find some more ways of cooperating with them in the future. It is impressive to see how much is happening with data in the social sciences and we are happy to have two DataCite members from this field: ; GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences as full member and the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) as an affiliated member.
- Bill Michener from University of New Mexico and his colleagues on DataONE, Dryad and EZID. Our DataCite member California Digital Library is involved in all of this.
- Jens Klump from the Helmholtz-Association on Criteria for the trustworthy data centers. . The GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam Jens is working for, was one of our first data centers that we were working with, even before DataCite started. Interestingly there is also a DataCite working group on Criteria for Data centres.
Stabile descriptions, describing the duties and technical requirements for data centers who are interested in using DOI names or other identifier to register their datasets will help us in discussion with other stakeholders. There is increasing interest for example from the publishers to rely on such criteria if they allow linking to datasets registered by DataCite from published scholary articles. Jens’ article gives a great overview on what criteria systems are already out there
- Did I mention the publishers and their view on data? Eefke Smit from STM gives a good introduction into that topic and IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg from Elsevier gives us some more insight on a practical example of how data and articles could be linked together
- A complete different type of journal is introduced by Hans Pfeiffenberger: The data only journal “Earth System Science Data” (ESSD) while Andreas Hense from Bonn university disusses the theory of data publication in general .
- You will also find an overview an DataCite’s work on a metadata schema for the citation of research data by Joan Starr and Angela Gastl, but we will introduce this schema here in more detail soon, when the work is finished.
All this and more in the new issue from D-Lib! I am very exited that I was involved in putting this great issue together. And last but not least: We will have a DataCite summer meeting again in 2011. It will be in California in September. I will tell you the exact datas as soon as they are fixed.
That is all for know. Enjoy reading the articles,
Update January 19th:
There is a nice comment on the upcoming DataCite metadata schema in Dorothea Salo’s Blog based on Joan’s and Angela’s D-Lib article.