2012 Blog Archive

BioMed Central proposes CC0 for published data

BioMed Central Research Notes has published, in provisional form, a White Paper on the licensing of open access research papers and data. It proposes a model whereby authors publishing in an open access journal agree to license the text of their paper using a Creative Commons Attribution licence, and to apply the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) waiver and licence to the data published within and alongside it.

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Working with DataCite

DataCite aims to establish easier access to research data and build the profile of research data as legitimate contributions in the scholarly record. On Monday 10th September the British Library ran a practical workshop aimed at those considering incorporating DataCite services into their repository.

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10 recommendations to get started with research data management

Ten recommendations for libraries to get started with research data management, Birte Christensen-Dalsgaard et al, (July, 2012) This is a breath of fresh air. An EU report that does exactly what it says on the tin - in only 3 pages! The LIBER e-Science working group held three workshops at conferences in 2011-2012. Their final report very succinctly summarises the findings of these and gives 10 prioritised recommendations.

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Librarians, data management and listening dogs

DCC staff were at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress last week. The conference was vast, welcoming over 4,200 librarians to Helsinki and addressing all manner of library concerns. The programme included a number of sessions relevant to data management on the days we attended. Highlights are provided below.

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Demystifying research data

Summary from the the workshop 'Demystifying research data: don't be scared, be prepared' organised by the JIBS User Group and RLUK (Research Libraries UK), and held at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.

The event was intended to provide a general introduction to research data management (RDM) for subject/liaison librarians, and others responsible for providing support to academic departments.

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Bringing data into the open repository

DCC and ICPSR co-organised a workshop at OR2012 in Edinburgh on July 9th, attended by more than 60 delegates. This article gives an overview of the presentations and discussion sessions. It picks out three themes: clarity on repository boundaries, ground rules for collaboration, and how to handle the handover of research data from researchers. The presentations are also available from the event page.

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Reflections on data sharing

The findings of the Researchers of Tomorrow study have challenged assumptions that researchers of the generation born between 1982 and 1994 would be naturally more 'connected' and open to collaboration, revealing that while a large majority of respondents use social networking services in their personal lives, most do not consider these tools appropriate for use at work.

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A Wellcome development?

The Wellcome Trust has announced that it will be strengthening the manner in which it enforces its open access policy. With immediate effect, failure to comply with the policy, which since 2006 has required that all research papers funded by the Trust should be made available through UK PubMed Central, could result in final grant payments being withheld and non-compliant papers discounted in future grant applications.

 

 

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Data and the Web Manager

At this year’s Institutional Web Management Workshop data emerged as one of the surprising key themes. Although Web managers are familiar with data (for example in the form of analytics and log data) the three days showed that there is stll much more they could be doing with it. 

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Joint statement on data citation from STM publishers and DataCite

A joint statement on data citation was signed by Eefke Smit of STM and Adam Farquhar of Datacite at Datacite's summer meeting in Copenhagen last week (June 14). 

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