The Power of Data Sharing | ANDS Newsletter

The latest newsletter (July 2014, issue 19) published by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) covers a variety of topics including data storage, data sharing, particularly sharing sensitive data, etc. What follows a series of short articles is a list of forthcoming events (webinars) that you may also find useful. The speaker of the next webinar on July 3, 2014 is Dr Virginia Barbour who will present on “PLOS: open data, ORCIDs and Article Level Metrics”

You can find more details in the ANDS newsletter:



Research Data Curation Bibliography

Charles Bailey has announced that Version 4 of the Research Data Curation Bibliography has been released. This selective bibliography includes over 320 English-language articles and technical reports that are useful in understanding the curation of digital research data in academic and other research institutions. Most sources have been published from January 2009 through June 2014; however, a limited number of earlier key sources are also included.

Research Data Curation Bibliography: The


Analyzing and Visualizing Spreadsheets

Today, an increasing number of researchers share a thesis/dissertation via figshare. Are you interested in reading a thesis deposited in figshare that is most viewed? It’s entitled “Analyzing and Visualizing Spreadsheets’. It starts with the interesting brief history of spreadsheets:

Although the electronic spreadsheet was first conceived in the sixties, the idea of laying out numbers in a grid dates as far back as the Babylonian times. The Plimpton 322, a Babylonian tablet from 1800 BC, lists the Pythagorean triplets in a very spreadsheet-like form.

You can view and download this thesis from here.

IASSIST Quarterly Special Issue: A Pioneer Data Librarian

The special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (2013: Spring) honors the work and influence of a pioneer data librarian. The authors of this volume are: Libbie Stephenson, Ann Gray, Peter Burnhill, Karsten Boye Rasmussen, Ann Green & Chuck Humphrey, Mary Vardigan, Jonathan D. Crabtree, Micah Altman & Mercè Crosas, and Haily Mooney.

The IASSIST Quarterly volume 37 is available at:


DataPub Blog on Data Publication

DataPub at CDL has recently published a blog post, “Fifteen Ideas about Data Validation (and Peer Review),” by John Kratz who discusses a new concept of ‘data validation’ and emerging practices of dataset peer review. Kratz mentions that “(s)ome form of validation at some stage in a data publication process is essential… However, the scientific literature’s validation mechanisms don’t translate as directly to data as its mechanism for, say, citation.”

If you’d like to find out more about data citation, DataPub’s new webpage may be of interest to you.


New Article “Peer Review of Datasets: When, Why, and How”

This paper by Mayernik et al. discusses issues related to data peer review, in particular the peer review processes, needs, and challenges related to the following scenarios:

  1. Data analyzed in traditional scientific articles
  2. Data articles published in traditional scientific journals
  3. Data submitted to open access data repositories
  4. Datasets published via articles in data journals.

A full text in PDF is available from the following link:



Open Data Can Empower Archaeologists

Over the last few years, the DART project collected large amounts of archaeological data, and as part of the project, a group of archaeologists created a purpose-built data repository to catalogue data and make them available, using CKAN, the Open Knowledge Foundation’s (OKF) open-source data catalogue and repository. In their recent blog post of OKF, Anthony Beck and Dave Harrison talk about the project and its progress, and revisit the meaning of open data and open science for archaeologists.