Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness

The Chronicles in Preservation project, a collaborative effort led by the Educopia Institute, the MetaArchive Cooperative, the Chronopolis program, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech recently made available the Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness.

The Guidelines for Digital Newspaper Preservation Readiness seek to address digital preservation standards and digital newspaper technical guidelines/practices across a spectrum of readiness options. The Guidelines are geared toward improving preservation readiness for both digitized and born-digital newspaper content. They will be helpful for a wide range of stakeholder institutions (including commercial news publishers), particularly traditional memory stewards such as libraries, archives, and historical societies.

New Open Data Policy at PLOS

PLOS (The Public Library of Science) is implementing a new data access policy that will affect researchers seeking to publish with the widely regarded publisher of open access journals for science and medicine. Beginning March 3rd, 2014, a Data Availability Statement will be required with all prospective articles submitted to any PLOS journal. You can check the details of the PLOS’ new open data policy or their FAQs.

This new data policy announcement invited both positive and negative responses. Many have already addressed issues in their blog posts, including the posts written by Ian Dworkin and Anna Sharman who summed up the potential problem:

So what is the big problem? The main objections raised seem to me to fall into six categories:

  1. Some datasets would take too much work to get into a format that others could understand
  2. It isn’t always clear what kind of data should be published with a paper
  3. Some data files are too large to be easily hosted
  4. The concern that others might publish reanalyses that the originators of the data were intending to publish, so they would lose the credit from that further research
  5. Some datasets contain confidential information
  6. Some datasets are proprietary

Endorse the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles

On behalf of the Data Citation Synthesis Group of Force 11 (the Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship), Dr. Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA, calls on all individuals and organizations that care about the place of data in research communications to endorse the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles.

Many groups, including the CODATA-ICSTI Task Group on Data Citation, have contributed to the development of these principles.

Reports on Data Sharing and Human Subjects

There are two recent reports dealing with various aspects of human subjects, personally identifiable data and research data management and reuse. The first comes from the US National Research Council and is titled “Proposed Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in the Behavioral and Social Sciences” and can be downloaded from here

The second is a report from the EU DASISH (Data Services Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities) program, Data Services Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and HumanitiesThis provides a very helpful look at some issues surrounding the sharing and reuse of human subjects data from an EU perspective.

Accelerating Impact: Real-world Applications of Open Research

Video Featuring Practices of Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science

This 5-minute video features six teams of scientists whose innovative reuse of existing research enabled important advances in medical treatment and detection, ecology and science education. These examples demonstrate how the reuse of Open Access research can accelerate scientific progress and benefit society as a whole. This includes comments from Open Access advocates from publishing, academia and industry and features finalists, winners and sponsors from the Accelerating Science Awards Program (ASAP).

Data Access for the OA Literature: PLOS’s Data Policy

PLOS’s Data Policy coming into effect soon, March 2014

PLOS journals have requested data be available since their inception, but PLOS believes that providing more specific instructions for authors regarding appropriate data deposition options, and providing more information in the published article as to how to access data, is important for readers and users of the research it publishes. As a result, PLOS is now releasing a revised Data Policy that will come into effect on March 1, 2014, in which authors will be required to include a data availability statement in all research articles published by PLOS journals.

PLOS is still accepting input from the larger community of authors, researchers, patients, and others. You can find a revised Data Policy here. For public comments, you can contact individual PLOS journals or may directly contact at


Report: A Workflow Model for Curating Research Data

The University of Minnesota Libraries Publishes Report on Workflow Model for Curating Research Data

The report details the in-depth workflow that were developed to curate (appraise, ingest, arrange and describe, augment with metadata, transform file formats, disseminate for access, and preserve) research data using their existing (DSpace-based) tools and capacities. The report shares their Data Curation Pilot experience to outline overall successful cases and lessons learned in the discussion section.

The report is available at: