Advancing Knowledge Together: DataCite’s Strategic Initiatives and Collaborations

As an open infrastructure organization committed to advancing knowledge, there are always many actions you can take. The key is to decide which initiatives and collaborations are of particular relevance at a given time. Based on our mission and vision, DataCite actively engages in a variety of initiatives, collaborating with different community stakeholders to advance open science and knowledge sharing. Following earlier blog posts outlining DataCite’s updated messaging, we explore some of our strategic priorities and initiatives within the open infrastructure landscape. 

Data Metrics

DataCite recognizes the importance of responsible data metrics in evaluating and showcasing the impact of all research outputs. We therefore actively participate in “Make Data Count,” working towards the adoption and implementation of standardized metrics that go beyond traditional citation counts. By promoting comprehensive data metrics, DataCite aims to contribute to a more holistic understanding of the impact and significance of research data. The recent Wellcome Trust-funded project ‘Make Data Count: A Central Corpus for All Data Citations‘ is aiming to aggregate all data citation information to make this available for scientific evaluation.

Identifier Registries

Identifier registries play a crucial role in establishing a standardized and interoperable infrastructure for research outputs. DataCite is a co-founder and supporter of community-led identifier registries. This started with DataCite’s participation in ROR from 2019, and was expanded last year by our collaboration with the IGSN community. The Sloan-funded project ‘IGSN 2040: from Vision to Execution’  brought years of experience across the IGSN and DataCite communities together to begin realizing goals of scaling sample community engagement, developing sample identifier practice standards, and increasing adoption globally. By actively participating in and endorsing initiatives like ROR and IGSN, we aim to facilitate the creation and maintenance of unique identifiers, enhancing the discoverability and attribution of research contributions.

Discovery

Improving discoverability is essential for researchers seeking relevant datasets and resources. DataCite recognizes this need and actively contributes to the development of re3data, a registry of research data repositories. In addition, by incorporating repository search with DataCite Commons, we ensure that researchers and organizations can easily find and access diverse repositories across different disciplines. Over the last year, we also focused on bringing new dashboard functionality into DataCite Commons as part of the FAIR Island and FAIR Workflows projects, ensuring relevant aggregation of information at the level of organizations, DMPs and projects. 

Global Access

Emphasizing the fundamental importance of global engagement within our mission, we acknowledge the need for comprehensive and sustained efforts. As a global community, we want to ensure participation and representation from all parts of the world. Through the launch of the Global Access Program (GAP) this year, we were able to more readily reach regions underrepresented within our community and work with them to connect their outputs into the global research ecosystem. As part of the GAP, we introduced the Global Access Fund (GAF), addressing financial barriers for underrepresented communities accessing open Persistent Identifier (PID) infrastructure. You now have the opportunity to join us in this journey by contributing to the Global Access Fund, directly supporting underrepresented regions and the need for local technical infrastructure across these regions.
DataCite’s commitment to open science and open infrastructure is ongoing and is reflected in our involvement in initiatives that promote responsible data metrics, support identifier registries, and advance discovery. Over the coming years, we will continue to focus on relevant strategic initiatives and continue our collaborations with relevant partner organizations such as Crossref, ORCID, IGSN and many others. DataCite’s participation in these initiatives not only signifies a serious commitment to fostering a research environment that is more accessible, transparent, and impactful, but will also continue to emphasize community at the core of these efforts.

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