data sharing

Nature special section on data sharing

This week's issue of Nature includes a very interesting special section on data sharing. There is a (not entirely accurate) editorial, a feature (on why data archives are so empty), and two opinion pieces.

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Managing and sharing data

I really like the UK Data Archive publication "Managing and Sharing Data: a best practice guide for researchers". It's been available in print form for a while, although I did hear they had run out and were revising it. Meanwhile, you can get the PDF version from their web site. It is complemented by sections of their web site which reflect, and sometimes expand on, the sections in the Guide. The sections are:

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New JISC Research Data Management Programme

I have not been posting for over a month now, due to pressure of work (bid writing, mainly), and its curiously hard to get back into it. There's plenty of things to write about; too many, really; too hard to pick the right one. But now something has arrived that absolutely demands to be blogged: the JISC Research Data Programme, Data Management Infrastructure Call for Projects (JISC 07/09) has been released (closing data 6 August 2009, Community Briefing 6 July 2009)!

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Data Curation for Integrated Science: the 4th Rumsfeld Class!

I had to talk today to a workshop of NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Data Managers, on data curation for integrated science. Integrated science does seem to be a term that comes up a lot in environmental sciences, for good reasons when contemplating global change. However, there doesn’t seem to be a good definition of integrated science on the web, so I had to come up with my own for the purposes of the talk: “The application of multiple scientific disciplines to one or more core scientific challenges”.

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Repositories and the web

There has been an interesting series of posts on repository architectures, implementations and implcations, by Andy Powell on the eFoundations blog.

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What makes up data curation?

Following some discussion at the Digital Curation Conference in Edinburgh, how about this:Data Curation comprisesData managementAdding value to dataData sharing for re-useData preservation for later re-useIs that a good breakdown for you? Should data creation be in there? I tend to think that data creation belongs to the researcher; once created, the data immediately falls into the data management and adding value categories.

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Wilbanks on the Control Fallacy: How Radical Sharing out-competes

Closing the first day of the International Digital Curation Conference, and as a prelude to a substantial audience discussion, John Wilbanks from Science Commons outlined his vision and his group’s plans and achievements. His slides are available on Slideshare and from the IDCC web site.

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Just sharing

Like several others in the blogosphere, I really enjoyed Scott Leslie’s post on EdTechBlog: Planning to Share versus Just Sharing. It is in the learning domain but I was glad that Andy Powell picked up its relevance to repositories in his follow-up on eFoundations.Perhaps the key points that Andy picks up are

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ARROW Repositories day: 3

Dr Alex Cook from the Australian Research Council (a money man! Important!) talking on the Excellence in Research Framework (ERA), the Access Framework and ASHER. ERA appears to be like the UK’s erstwhile RAE, and will use existing HE Research Data Collection rules for publication and research income information where possible. 8 clusters of disciplines have been identified. Currently looking at the bibliometric and other indicators which will be discipline-specific (principles, methodologies and a matrix showing which are used where).

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A national data mandate? Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

Andrew Treloar pointed to this Code in a presentation at the e-Science All Hands meeting. All Australian Universities have signed up to the Code, which turns out to have a whole chapter on the management of research data and primary materials. It deals with the responsibilities of both institutions and researchers.

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