Author: Jan Brase

4 millionth DataCite DOI name registered

We are happy to announce that last Friday the 4 millionth DataCite DOI name was registered. The resource registered was a digitized version of an old manuscript, registered by our Swiss member ETH library Zuerich. The citation is:

Haller; (1763): Liste des arbres et arbustes sauvages de la Suisse; Société Oeconomique de Berne. doi:10.5169/SEALS-382563

You will always find an overview on our current statistics at our statistic page.

CERN launches Open Data Portal with DataCite DOI names

On November 20th, CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, launched its Open Data Portal where data from real collision events, produced by the LHC experiments will for the first time be made openly available to all. It is expected that these data will be of high value for the research community, and also be used for education purposes.

The principle of openness is enshrined in CERN’s founding Convention, and all LHC publications have been published Open Access, free for all to read and re-use. Widening the scope, the LHC collaborations recently approved Open Data policies and will release collision data over the coming years.
The first high-level and analysable collision data openly released come from the CMS experiment and were originally collected in 2010 during the first LHC run. This data set is now publicly available on the CERN Open Data Portal. Open source software to read and analyse the data is also available, together with the corresponding documentation. The CMS collaboration is committed to releasing its data three years after collection, after they have been thoroughly studied by the collaboration.

All data on are shared under a Creative Commons CC03 public domain dedication; data and software are assigned unique DOI identifiers from DataCite to make them citable in scientific articles; and software is released under open source licenses. The CERN Open Data Portal is built on the open-source Invenio Digital Library software, which powers other CERN Open Science tools and initiatives.

Learn more about the portal here, a typical record for example looks like doi:10.7483/OPENDATA.CMS.QKAX.PSW6

Datacite and Open Data Institute (ODI) join forces to boost data reuse

DataCite and Open Data Institute are joining forces to help make open data underpinning open research more reusable to drive science and innovation.

Ultimately, to reuse data effectively, the conditions for reuse must be transparent and linked, and the innovators leading these efforts must be in a position to determine and then describe the conditions for this reuse. Incumbent on this achievement is finding reliable ways to link data to these conditions.

As an enabler of the discovery, exploration and use of data, DataCite is delivering robust and persistent data identification services. Engaging stakeholders including researchers, scholars, data centres, libraries, publishers and funders through advocacy, guidance and services, DataCite is working with the ODI to enhance reusability of open data by encouraging data stewards to link it with Open Data Certificates (ODCs).

ODCs provide a checklist for self-certification of open data. The checklist determines the legal, technical, social, and pragmatic aspects of the dataset. A machine readable version of the certificate can be linked to the dataset with tools that automatically review the dataset’s level and compliance with its licence. Both clear conditions and certification will allow people from diverse sectors and backgrounds to feel more confident in reusing data meaning ODCs will play an important and valuable role in the ODI’s and DataCite’s ongoing work.

Jeni Tennison, Technical Director at ODI says, “Enabling data reusers to cite the data that they have reused is an essential part of building an open data ecosystem, particularly to ensure that data creators and publishers get recognised for their work. I’m delighted that we will be working with DataCite to incorporate data citation into standard practice, including outside the research community, and to look at how data quality measures, particularly the Open Data Certificates, can be associated with and discoverable from data identifiers.”

Over the next two years, the organisations will work together to understand and address the issues around linking identifiers to certificates, and make them available through identifier resolution services as well as metadata services. They will also encourage open data providers to use persistent, resolvable identifiers and adopt Open Data Certificate and link them to identifiers.

Additionally, the partnership will encourage the establishment of services that benefit from clear information about the conditions under which data can be reused.

Adam Farquhar, President of DataCite says: “Sharing and reusing open research data is becoming ever more important for science, research, and commerce. In our pursuit to offer reliable and persistent data identification services, we are committed to supporting hundreds of data centres worldwide assigning millions of identifiers. Together with the ODI, we will be able to enhance the recognition of open data, enable data providers to more easily adopt ODCs, and enable researchers to confidently understand which data are open for reuse.”

For more information, contact DataCite directly or:

ODI Communications Team

P +44 7 825 988805

DataCite and the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) sign MoU

Today DataCite and the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS) announce an agreement to strengthen their collaboration and enhance the availability of high-quality scientific data to researchers worldwide. To accomplish this, the two principal membership organizations will cooperate more closely through joint working groups leading to results that will benefit their communities. They will also enhance strategic exchange and communication among their Members. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the organizations clearly states their intention to coordinate efforts in areas of mutual interest, such as data publishing and improving discoverability of trusted data services that support scientific research activities.

‘We are pleased to be able to formalize our long-standing relationship with the World Data System and its Members through this agreement’, said Dr Adam Farquhar, President of DataCite. ‘These two organizations share a commitment to make well-managed, high-quality research data findable, accessible, cited, and used’.

Prof Jean-Bernard Minster, Chair of the WDS Scientific Committee, indicated that ‘many WDS Members already work with DataCite to assign persistent identifiers that help to encourage citation and deeper integration of data into the scientific record. This agreement furthers our mission to promote universal and equitable access to, and long-term stewardship of, quality-assured scientific data and data services, products, and information’.

Under the conditions of the MoU, DataCite becomes a Partner Member of ICSU-WDS and contributes to WDS working groups and official meetings. Likewise, ICSU-WDS participates in DataCite working groups and annual meetings, in addition to encouraging data citation within its membership as an important element of scientific research.

ORCID and DataCite Final Event: Towards Holistic Open Research

The ODIN project has been working since 2012 to link researchers to their datasets using PIDs in real-world research systems. The team have examined the landscape as it evolves with input from an international group of experts in the field and built pr…

ODIN project webinar video now available

Thank you all for registering for the ODIN webinar on persistent identifiers which was held September 9th and attracted up to 60 people.
We are pleased to inform you that videos and slides from the webinar are now available from the ODIN project site, …

Cooperation between DataCite and ResearchGate

We are happy to announce that the scientific network ResearchGate is now supporting DataCite DOI names for the scientific content of its members. Through cooperation of ResearchGate, DataCite and DataCite’s member TIB (German National Library of Science and Technology), scientists can easily integrate DataCite DOI names into their scientific profile. Furthermore they can even register new DOI names if they upload scientific content to ResearchGate. Even more this content can be rated and commented by other ResearchGate members.
We are excited about this new opportunity to combine DOI names for scientific content with social network functionalities. More information on how it works can be found here