DataCite summer meeting recap

In the last 4 days Berkeley has been the heart of the „data citation world“. We first had the summit of the CODATA task group on data citation , followed by our two day DataCite summer meeting.

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”)

–         One possibility could be establishing data papers as independent scientific items, There already are data journals out there: ESSD , G3 , and the upcoming GigaScienceJournal

–         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.

–         Great work has already been done, that we can all learn from and cooperate with at ICPSR , ORNL and PANGAEA for example.

–         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

By @mrgunn

By Carl Boettiger here and here

By GigaScience




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2 Responses to DataCite summer meeting recap

  1. Adrian Pohl says:

    “Abstracts to articles are open, it is time that the reference lists will be open too”. – I also think that reference lists play an important role in representing and understanding the scientific landscape. But what do you mean by “open”? You seem to use “open” as synonym for “accessible”, but open access is only one aspect of openness, open licensing and open standards being two other aspects which are at least as important.

    As far as I know, abstracts aren’t open in the sense that you can harvest them in large and reuse them as you will because they are usually copyrighted. Thus, you might get legal problems if you believe they are open in this sense. On the other side, reference lists aren’t copyrightable and are more open than abstracts regarding the copyright aspect. (See for the German case.)

  2. datacite says:

    Yes, you are right. As I was publishing only short statements as a summary here, it might be a little misleading. The general idea at the meeting was that it would be great for a start, if the reference lists would be freely accessible, as the abstracts are. Thank you for the interesting note concerning the legalk situation in Germany, I was not aware of that.

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