Case Studies on Research Data Management in Libraries

LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) ’s Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures has collected case studies, hosted by or with strong involvement of libraries in research data management. These studies describe policies and strategies that pave the way for the creation, institutional integration and the running of support services and underlying infrastructures. In addition, challenges and lessons learned are described, and ways-forward outlined.

The 11 case studies can be accessed here.

PLOS Data Policy Update Part 2

In the latest issue of College & Research Libraries News (vol. 75 no. 6 305-308), Emma Ganley, an acting deputy editor of PLOS Biology, provides a summary of the implementation of the PLOS data policy and researchers’ different responses. As many of you know, reception of the PLOS Data Policy by the scientific community was initially polarized. You may find this short article informative to learn more about the PLOS Data Policy which is hoped to serve as a catalyst for change and invigorate the development of new resources and infrastructure for research and access.

PLOS Data Policy Update

It has been a few months since the PLOS journals’ data policy was implemented. For the re-use and re-purpose of data by readers and by data miners, authors of new manuscripts were required to submit a statement about where the data underlying their description of research can be found. As of today,16,000 sets of authors have included information about data availability with their article submission. Should this number be considered as good news for open science, and more specifically, is this a step towards improved integration between the published literature and the data underlying it? You can learn more about the recent update from the PLOS’ data policy and current state of data sharing by authors from here.

figshare Now Takes Code, Software and Scripts

Last week, figshare announced a forthcoming functionality to sync GitHub repos through the figshare upload page. Today, figshare released this new functionality — now you can upload code, software and scripts, and receive academic credit for them.

Related post by Data Forwards (March 12, 2014): Blog: For Improved Access to Software and Code

Digital Curation Center Publishes a New How-to Guide

Digital Curation Centre (DCC) has released in their series of How-to Guides: How to Discover Requirements for Research Data Management Services.

  • What is this guide about? This guide provides an overview of the RDM service development context, and details methods used to plan, elicit, analyse, document and prioritize service users’ requirements.
  • Who should read? This guide is meant for people whose role involves developing services or tools to support research data management (RDM) and digital curation, whether in a Higher Education Institution or a project working across institutions.

‘Data in Brief’ Articles Make Reproducibility a Reality

The first volume of an open access journal Genomics Data, data journal by Elsevier, was published in December 2013. Paige Shaklee recently wrote an ElsevierConnect article summarizing the context and goal of this new data journal that helps researchers make the most of their data. Dr. Shaklee says in her article, “(a)lthough this precious genomic data is uploaded into public repositories, sadly, few people dare to touch the data because it is too complicated to understand. Data files are often mislabeled, data may be raw or analyzed and analysis from dataset to dataset is highly variable, experimental subtleties are not mentioned, and software code used to filter through data is not available. The lack of reproducibility has far-reaching consequences.” And she continues, “(n)ow, these kinds of accompanying details must be documented in a Specifications table at the top of each Data in Brief. The journal’s Editorial Board also checks that any related software or programming code is submitted alongside the Data in Brief.”