The Who’s Who of Publishing Research

This week’s blog post is a bit more of a Sociology of science topic… Perhaps only marginally related to the usual content surrounding data, but still worth consideration. I recently heard a talk by Laura Czerniewicz, from University of Cape Town’s Centre for Educational Technology. She was among the speakers  during the Context session at Beyond the […]

Libraries & the Future of Scholarly Communication at #BTPDF2

Last week I attended the Beyond the PDF 2 Meeting, sponsored by FORCE11.  For those unaware of BTPDF2, it’s a spinoff event from the Beyond the PDF meeting, which took place in San Diego a few years back. BTPDF2 was a meeting of the minds for digital scholarship, with representatives from publishing, libraries, academia, software development, and everything in […]

Videos: Inside the Metadata Store

Inspired by conversations with potential DataCite clients, the British Library’s Datasets Team has produced two videos intended to demystify the inner workings of the Metadata Store.

Over the past nine months, the British Library has hosted a series of workshops designed to support data citation and management in the UK research community. Funded by JISC, these workshops have been attended by a range of stakeholders from the UK Higher Education sector; from librarians and data curators to IT staff and academics, and have covered key topics relevant to the management of research data. Over the course of the workshop series we realised that, although many institutions were very keen to adopt DataCite DOIs for their own data holdings, there was a lot of uncertainty about exactly how the process of DOI ‘minting’ worked.

So, in an attempt to demonstrate just how easy it is to use the service, we have made two videos which illustrate the basic functions of the Metadata Store: 1. Minting a DOI and uploading metadata, and 2. Updating an existing DOI. Both videos can be viewed on the British Library website at Although created with British Library DataCite clients in mind, we hope that other DataCite users, or potential users, might find it useful.

For more information about our workshops and other data-related activity at the British Library, please visit

Why may Google textmine but Scientists may not?

I recently posted about why Google is not a good enough solution for searching the academic literature (because can’t build on the results! and read the comments on that post for more). It is sad indeed, then, that PMC and Publishers forbid scientists and others from spidering/indexing/mining their content…. while giving Google privilege to do exactly […]