Author: Sergio Ruiz

Force 11: Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles

People have been working on data citation issues for a long time. Different groups and different communities have come up with different guidelines and recommendations on how data should be cited. The different approaches generally agree in principle, …

Summer meeting talks (slides + audio)

We are happy to announce that the full talks (slides and audio) of the 2013 DataCite Summer meeting are now available:

Thursday, September 19th

Opening Keynote

  • A short history of the Higgs Boson. From a tenth of a billionth of a second after the Big Bang, through the discovery at CERN, to a DataCite DOI – Salvatore Mele (CERN, Head of Open Access) [FULL PRESENTATION][SLIDES]

Introducing DataCite US – Enabling people

Partnership & Services – Engaging stakeholders (Part I)

  • Update on Force 11 and the Amsterdam manifesto. Updated title: Declaration of Data Citation Principles – Merce Crosas (Harvard University, Director of Data Science at IQSS) [FULL PRESENTATION][SLIDES]
  • Out of Cite, Out of Mind: Report of the CODATA Task Group on Data Citation – Sarah Callaghan (British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC), Project Manager) [FULL PRESENTATION][SLIDES]
  • Introducing DataCite services – Jan Brase (DataCite, Executive Officer) [FULL PRESENTATION][SLIDES]
  • Metadata Working Group – Joan Starr (California Digital Library, Lead of DataCite Metadata Working group) [FULL PRESENTATION][SLIDES]
  • Business Practices Working Group – Karen Morgenroth (NRC Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), Lead of DataCite Business Practices Working group)[FULL PRESENTATION][SLIDES]

Friday, September 20th
Partnership and Services – Engaging stakeholders (Part II)

Closing Keynote

  • Building Community Engagement on Research Transparency and Data Citation – George Alter (ICPSR – Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Director) [FULL PRESENTATION][SLIDES]

ODIN Project Outputs

DataCite is participating in the European Commission FP7 project ORCID and DataCite Interoperability Network (ODIN), running from September 2012 to August 2014. After a successful conference last month in Geneva we are proud to disseminate all the scie…

DataCite Summer meeting slides available

We are pleased to announce that the slides from the presentations at this year’s meeting are now available. In a few days we will post the whole talks together with the audio.

Thursday, September 19th

Opening Keynote

Introducing DataCite US – Enabling people

Partnership & Services – Engaging stakeholders (Part I)

Friday, September 20th
Partnership and Services – Engaging stakeholders (Part II)

Closing Keynote

The DataCite Metadata Working Group wants to hear from you!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the evaluation of the pre-release version of the new metadata schema. The Metadata Working Group is also interested in hearing from the DataCite client community on an ongoing basis. We’d like to know about:

  • any challenges you face with the current schema—i.e. what’s not working for you?
  • any ideas you have for additions that would make the schema work better for you, and
  • any questions you have about the schema.

To contact us, please follow this link to a Google discussion group. We will review the suggestions and comments on a monthly basis, and reply using this same discussion forum.

Thanks again,

The DataCite Metadata Working Group

DataCite Summer Meeting – 19-20 September 2013 – Washington DC

Register here! 
Opening Keynote:
Dr. Salvatore Mele, CERN

  • DataCite – integrating data citation in the global research infrastructure, Jan Brase, Executive Officer, DataCite
  • Data Citation Index cooperation. N. Robinson, Thomson Reuters
  • FundRef – aligning articles, authors, data, projects and funding, C. Kosher, CrossRef
  • Giving credit where it’s due – linking authors, data, and articles
  • Petcha kucha session – DataCite members
  • DataCite client experience – Data identification and citation in the real world
  • Learn about the Amsterdam Manifesto, and recent developments at the CODATA task group on Data Citation.

Who should come?
Researchers, funders, policy makers, professionals from research organisations, data infrastructure providers, data centres, publishers. Everyone who wants to learn more about the latest developments helping to integrate data into the record of science.

How do I get there?
National Academy of Sciences 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20418
See map
Metro stop: Foggy Bottom – blue and orange lines (5 block walk)

Please, click here to see a comprehensive list of hotels.
Social event
There will a reception on Thursday 19 September from 19:30. Details will be made available soon. 
Registrations and draft programme are available!

Announcing DataCite Metadata Version 3.0

The DataCite Metadata Working Group is pleased to announce the release of Version 3.0 of the Metadata Schema. Documentation for the new schema is available. The DataCite Metadata Store (MDS) will accept Metadata Version 3.0 immediately. The MDS will continue to accept submissions using the prior versions of the Schema for the foreseeable future.

Key new features include:

  • Better support for depiction of dates by implementing the RKMS-ISO8601 standard for date ranges.
  • New support for recording data collection location, with box and point coordinates, as well by using a free-text description.
  • Provision of a mechanism to associate additional metadata so that discipline-specific descriptions can be added to DataCite’s more generic schema.
  • And, finally, numerous improvements to the documentation, including:
    • greater detail, explanatory material and definitions for controlled lists
    • more and more varied XML examples on the Metadata Schema website
    • and, indicators of which optional properties are most important for helping the metadata to be found, cited and linked to original research.

A full list of the changes can be found starting on page 4 of the documentation.

This new version includes responses to a large number of feature requests from you, the data citation and sharing community. Thank you to all of you who have provided us with suggestions, questions, and feedback. We look forward to more conversations about these topics and how better to support them with the Metadata Standard.

The DataCite Metadata Working Group

Registration for the DataCite Summer Meeting is now open!

A draft program as well as the registration form for the DataCite Summer Meeting (Washington DC, Thursday, 19 September 2013 – Friday, 20 September 2013) are now available:
We are looking forward to see you in September!

EC public consultation on open research data

The European Commission recently held a public consultation on open research data. The President of DataCite, Adam Farquhar, had the opportunity to speak and highlighted the importance of identifying and citing research data. There were numerous DataCite members and data centres present.

Adam introduced the organization and highlighted how our data centres have assigned over 1.7 million DOIs of which over 270 thousand were assigned this year.

Just a few years ago, Adam explained, identification was dominated by local, national, or disciplinary initiatives. It has now matured substantially with the growth of international cross-disciplinary organizations such as DataCite. In other areas, we are also seeing researcher identifiers in ORCID and article identifiers from CrossRef.

There is widespread consensus that identification and citation-level metadata are essential to making data accessible, re-usable, and to establish incentive systems to encourage data sharing.

He also explained some lessons learned by DataCite over the last few years:

  1. Data identification requires interoperable APIs and metadata. We’ve worked with CrossRef to enhance the DOI APIs to support content negotiation for better machine-to-machine interactions. The DataCite Metadata Schema provides cross-disciplinary citation-level metadata for research data. It has been adopted by others, such as OpenAire, and supports third party services.
  2. While data identification has some distinct requirements, it has been possible to enhance existing approaches, such as DOI, to meet them. For example, we’ve worked with IDF so that their business model is now better suited to research data requirements.
  3. Together, open infrastructure, metadata, and APIs enable third parties to build enhanced services including commercial organizations, e.g. Thomson Reuters, and publishers, e. g. Thieme and Elsevier. They also enable repositories like Dryad, Pangaea, FigShare, and Zenodo to ensure that the data they hold is identified and citable for the long term.
  4. Data identification is more than assigning a number. Success requires robust services, robust policies, and a strong community of practice. It also means that allocating agents and data stewards must establish formal, often contractual, relationships with the long term in mind. Without these essential steps, data identification becomes just another breeding ground for 404 errors – data not found.
  5. An open approach has also enabled us to work on the broader identifier challenges through collaborations. The DataCite-STM statement encouraged bi-directional links between articles and data. Through ODIN – the ORCID and DataCite Interoperability Network we will learn how to link authors with their articles, data, and more.

    And, while challenges remain, we have a very strong basis for an interoperable identification infrastructure – one that weaves data, articles, and researchers together into a new fabric of open research.

    During the meeting there was strong consensus on the essential role that data identification and citation play, as well as on the need for data management plans. There were also some areas of disagreement. Some industry representatives argued against the need for data to be open or to have ‘open’ be the default setting. There was also robust discussion on the appropriate size of data repositories – some argued for large scale, others for many small ones.

New ORCID-integrated data citation tool

A new beta service has been launched for searching and claiming works in DataCite:
With this tool, created in the context of the ODIN Project, authors can identify themselves with their ORCID ID and search their own wo…