Mapping the Movement of Books Using Viewshare: An Interview with Mitch Fraas

Mitch Fraas, Scholar in Residence at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania and Acting Director, Penn Digital Humanities Forum, writes about using Viewshare for mapping library book markings.  We’re always excited to see the clever and interesting ways our tools are used to expose digital collections, and Mitch was gracious enough to […]

Can I Get a Sample of That? Digital File Format Samples and Test Sets

If you’ve ever been to a warehouse store on a weekend afternoon, you’ve experienced the power of the sample. In the retail world, samples are an important tool to influence potential new customers who don’t want to invest in an unknown entity. I certainly didn’t start the day with lobster dip on my shopping list […]

Academic blogging is part of a complex online academic attention economy, leading to unprecedented readership.

Given the far-reaching attention of their paper on the nature of academic blogging, Inger Mewburn and Pat Thomson find blogging is now part of a complex online ‘attention economy’ where social media can help your work travel further. But in this … Continue reading

Higgs discovery data citable thanks to a DataCite DOI

Today the two particle physics theorists François Englert and Peter W. Higgs, Nobel prize in Physics for 2013, will receive their awards in Sweden.

The theorists published three papers on a new boson independently in 1964 – the first one was published by François Englert and Robert Brout, and, a month later, Peter Higgs published two additional papers. Their theories were finally confirmed on July 4th 2012 by ATLAS and CMS, the two big experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva (Switzerland).

INSPIRE – a large scale digital library for High Energy Physics – made available three Higgs discovery data sets by the ATLAS experiment a few weeks ago. One of the requirements for its publication was to make them citable, so re-use could be tracked down and the experiment receives credit for publishing them. Thanks to the CERN-DataCite collaboration each dataset got a DOI assigned, allowing the data behind to get its first citation!

Our users are very eager to share, re-use and cite more data which we are happy to support together with DataCite. The next step will be to establish a workflow that assigns DataCite DOIs to data integrated from the HepData platform. So watch out for more INSPIREHEP.DATA DOIs, we are just getting started!

Patricia Herterich, Neli Ivanova and Sunje Dallmeier-Tiessen