Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles

Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles released for public comment

The members of Force 11 (the Future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship) have been working on data citation principles and guidelines and they internationally came together to forge a synthesis set of data citation principles. The working group has completed its work and announced the release of a Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles for public comment.

The draft can be found at: http://www.force11.org/datacitation

The public comment period will run through the end of this December, at which point feedback will be incorporated and a released version of the declaration generated and promulgated widely. Public endorsement of the principles will be sought at that time.

Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships

The Obama Administration on Big Data and NSF on national efforts enabling data-driven discovery

On Tuesday, November 12, the Obama Administration hosted an event under the auspices of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Networking and Information Technology R&D program coordinating office titled “Data to Knowledge to Action: Building New Partnerships” which provides a progress report on the big data initiative first announced in March 2012.

The agenda, and more importantly several very useful background documents, can be found here: http://www.nitrd.gov/nitrdgroups/index.php?title=Data_to_Knowledge_to_Action

In conjunction with this event, NSF also issued a press release that summarized their progress in supporting the initiative, with many links to descriptions of specific projects and programs. The overview release can be found at: http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=129244&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

UK Government Report: Seizing the Data Opportunity

UK data capability strategy: seizing the data opportunity

The UK Government has recently published a new report Seizing the data opportunity, which outlines the government’s strategy for UK data capability. The report highlights the need to increase training in data analytics and data science, and announces what promises to be a landmark event next year – an Open Science Data Forum hosted by the Royal Society.

A brief summary of the report and a pointer to the full document is at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-data-capability-strategy

BioSharing and re3data.org’s Joint Effort

BioSharing and re3data.org cooperate on the collection and description of data repositories

Researchers need infrastructures that ensure a maximum of accessibility, stability and reliability in terms of working with and sharing data. Such infrastructures are being called research data repositories.Today, BioSharing and re3data.org – Registry of Research Data Repositories have agreed, in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to map and describe the emerging data repository landscape in a joint effort.

The cooperation between the partners will help to build a comprehensive overview of data repositories worldwide, to (i) assist users in the navigation and search of both services, and (ii) maximize cross-references and exchange of records between the two services. This cooperation aims at developing a vital ecosystem of research data repositories and at maximizing the accessibility of research data for scholarship and society.

The original blog post by re3data is available at: http://www.re3data.org/

New Journal Option for Biodiversity Data Publishers

Collaboration aims at new journal option for biodiversity data publishers

A new collaboration aims to increase the options for researchers to gain visibility and recognition for biodiversity datasets published through the GBIF network. GBIF is collaborating with the editors of Scientific Data, the new open access, online journal from Nature Publishing Group due to launch in May 2014.

The journal introduces a new type of content called the ‘data descriptor’ (data descriptors closely resemble the data paper concept), aimed at making scientifically valuable datasets more discoverable, interpretable and reusable.

More information available at: http://www.gbif.org/page/2997

Developing a Pilot Registry for UK Research Data

The UK Data Archive Teams up with Members of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) for Data Curation

The UK Data Archive is teaming up with members of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) to develop a UK-wide registry or catalogue of research data collections held in universities and data centres.

The Jisc-funded six-month pilot project follows from a rich legacy of recent work in embedding research data management and sharing in universities, to support data reuse. But in order for data sharing and secondary analysis to yield major benefits, such data need to be easily findable and accessible. This project aims to address this emerging need.

More information about this pilot is available at: http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/news-events/news.aspx?id=3639

Research Data Management: Principles, Practices, and Prospects | CLIR

CLIR Publishes a new report on Research Data Management: Principles, Practices, and Prospects

This report examines how research institutions are responding to data management requirements of the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other federal agencies. It also considers what role, if any, academic libraries and the library and information science profession should have in supporting researchers’ data management needs.

The report (in PDF) is available from: http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub160/pub160.pdf