As the REF submission period ends, mismatched publishing incentives signal challenging times ahead in academia.

Academics are frequently subject to new types of evaluations. November marks the end of the submission process for the UK funding council’s evaluation, the Research Excellence Framework (REF). John Hudson discusses some of the shortcomings of the REF and the methods … Continue reading

Data Citation Synthesis Group: Draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles

The Data Citation Synthesis Group has released a draft Declaration of Data Citation Principles and invites comment. This has been a very interesting and positive collaborative process and has involved a number of groups and committed individuals. Encouraging the practice of data citation, it seems to me, is one of the key steps towards giving […]

Researchers, publishers, libraries and data centres all have a role in promoting and encouraging data citation.

The key to verifying and validating research is the identification and access of datasets. But cultural and behavioural barriers to sharing data are still widespread. Rachael Kotarski, the Content Expert for scientific datasets at the British Library, explains why citing data, … Continue reading

Personal Digital Archiving 2014: Building Stronger Personal Digital Archiving Communities

There is a growing community of individuals who are interested in the preservation of personal digital information.  Those individuals may include professionals working in libraries and archives who are receiving personal collections, scholars working with their own research materials and data, commercial companies working on consumer products to help people organize and save their digital […]