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Workshop summary: Research data metrics for citation and impact

Measuring tapeOur latest, and final, workshop in this series looked at what is possibly the most challenging piece of the data-sharing puzzle to put into place – developing meaningful metrics to gauge impact and encourage proper attribution.

The workshop began with a look at impact and metrics at the wider level: how do we measure the value of Research Data Management itself? Continue reading


Registration now open for DataCite Workshop 5

Making citation work: practical issues for institutions

10am – 4pm, Friday 8th March 2013, The British Library Conference Centre

The first four workshops in the DataCite series looked in detail at some of the key elements of data citation using DOIs. This fifth workshop will take a more holistic view of citation in the context of the day-to-day work of the repository and consider what practical measures are needed to overcome the barriers – whether financial, technical or cultural – to the adoption of DOIs (or other identifiers) for data. As well as a review of some of the key points from our earlier workshops, there will be a chance to hear from institutions that have recently begun working with DataCite or those that are working towards incorporating DataCite services into their repositories.

The workshop would be an ideal opportunity for institutions that are considering adopting DOIs for their data to find out what is required of them. It would also be suitable for institutional repositories at an early stage in their development who want to learn more about how to prepare for making their data persistently citable.

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International Conference on Digital Curation 2013

Amsterdam in the snowLast week, Elizabeth Newbold and I represented the British Library’s Science, Technology and Medicine team at the International Digital Curation Conference in Amsterdam. We bumped into a few of our previous workshop friends there, but for those who couldn’t make it, here are some things that might be of interest to you.

You tend to hear a fair few metaphors at conferences, but I saw one in a new light thanks to one of our DataCite users, Scott Edmunds from the BGI: ‘Data is the new oil’. This comparison is usually intended in the money-making sense, but my interpretation was very different: being able to get the data out of the ‘well’ is one thing, but you need to manage and curate (refine) it before it’s actually useful. If you try and put ‘crude’ Continue reading

What to cite: versioning and granularity of research data for effective citation

Versions of the Bible

The Bible in multiple versions

Deciding what constitutes a citable unit of data is a fundamental question for research data management, particularly if data is to become a measurable scholarly output in its own right.

Unlike scholarly articles, datasets take many forms and are often fluid and not clearly defined. The challenges of implementing DOIs (or other identifiers) so that such data is usable, meaningful and manageable was addressed at our 4th workshop, What to cite: versioning and granularity of research data for effective citation, which was held on Monday 3rd December at the British Library.

Roy Lowry from the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) was the first speaker of the day.

The origins of the BODC date back to 1969 and, as such, it has long-established data management practices already in place.  The scarcity and cost of oceanographic data also means that there is a longstanding history of data Continue reading