Informal Review of Thomson-Reuters Data Citation Index

The Thomson-Reuters Data Citation Index (DCI) has been up and running for just over a year. Amy West posted a blog reviewing the Data Citation Index (DCI) based on a trial at her institution, the University of Minnesota (UMN). West says in her blog that, “(w)hat makes the DCI interesting is that puts datasets and journal literature into a single platform, namely Thomson-Reuter’s Web of Science (WoS). Within the overall WoS, there is a core collection that constitutes the default search for subscribers. We know from our own statistics as well as vendor supplied statistics that our users do indeed go to WoS.”

Her blog post includes a link to notes with more details about the DCI trial.

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Another New Home and Service for Qualitative Data

Previously, we’ve posted a pointer to the news about the launch of a new home for social science qualitative data called QDR. Today, UK Data Services introduced QualiBank.

This is the UK Data Service’s search and browse interface for qualitative data objects allowing searching of the content of text files, such as interviews, essays, open ended questions and reports. It also allows searching of metadata attached to these objects, such as a description of an image or of an audio recording, and it enables hyperlinking to related objects. A citation can be made for a whole object or interview extracts.

At present it is still in a beta version, but it contains only 5 collections that are completely open and these cover in depth interviews, some with politicians, children’s essays about ‘what do you want to be when you grow up’ and WWII morale amongst the British troops and the population. Another ten or so collections which will sit behind authentication are to follow.


That’s Why You Don’t Store Data in Excel

A recent blog post from DataPub addresses one of the most essential issues about what and how to save data. In particular, how do different date systems work in Excel and other software, like R? And with that question in mind, should we save our data in Excel (or not)?

Like anyone who works with a lot of data, I have a strained relationship with Microsoft Excel. Its ubiquity forces me to tolerate it, yet I believe that it is fundamentally a malicious force whose main goal is to incite chaos through the obfuscation and distortion of data.1 After discovering a truly ghastly feature of how it handles dates, I am now fully convinced.

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The Value & Impact of Data Sharing & Curation

Jisc has published the synthesis report of the value & impact studies of Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). This report summarizes and reflects on the findings from a series of recent studies, conducted by Neil Beagrie of Charles Beagrie Ltd. and Prof. John Houghton of Victoria University, into the value and impact of these three well established research data centers . It provides a summary of the key findings from new research and reflects on: the methods that can be used to collect data for such studies; the analytical methods that can be used to explore value, impacts, costs and benefits; and the lessons learnt and recommendations arising from the series of studies as a whole.

So, is Open Science already here?

According to Wikipedia, “Open science is the umbrella term of the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional. It encompasses practices such as publishing open research, campaigning for open access, encouraging scientists to practice open notebook science, and generally making it easier to publish and communicate scientific knowledge.” Despite the wealth of Open platforms, most of the products of science, including, most notably, the data upon which scientific insights rests, remain behind closed doors. While attitudes and regulations are clearly changing, as the latest attempts by PLoS to establish routine sharing of data illustrate (just Google #PLOSfail), we are not there yet.

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