Closed Data… Excuses, Excuses

If you are a fan of data sharing, open data, open science, and generally openness in research, you’ve heard them all: excuses for keeping data out of the public domain. If you are NOT a fan of openness, you should be. For both groups (the fans and the haters), I’ve decided to construct a “Frankenstein monster” […]

10 most popular datasets in March

Again it is time to present you the most popular datasets of last month,
based on . So here are the top 10 datasets of March , registered by DataCite.

It is worth mentioning one reason that again most of the top 10 come from figshare. Whereas data published in classical data repositories is usually accessed directly through a search at the data center without using the DOI resolution, publishing the DOI name is the ideal advertising for any figshare content, thus increasing the resolution counts. That is one reason, why figshare DOI names seem to be so popular. Nevertheless the resolution number provide an interesting metric for usage of datasets.

Number 1: 7610 resolutions
Figure 7 raw data: Effect of variable exposure to PTHrP (1-36) on bone nodules and AP activity in high plating density cultures. (2013)
Suzan Kamel, John Yee.

Number 2: 7280 resolutions
Figure 6 raw data: Effect of intermittent and continuous exposure to PTHrP (1-36) on cell proliferation and apoptosis in RC cell cultures. (2013)
Suzan Kamel, John Yee.

Number 3: 6433 resolutions
GenoCAD Tutorial I. (2013)
Mary Mangan, Mandy Wilson, Laura Adam, Jean Peccoud.

Number 4: 3107 resolutions
GenoCAD Legacy Grammars. (2013)
Jean Peccoud, Michael Czar, Yizhi Cai.

Number 5: 2129 resolutions
Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser. (2012)
Mary Mangan.

Number 6: 1739 resolutions
Supplementary material for the Paper “Perception of Focused Sources in Wave Field Synthesis”. (2013)
Hagen Wierstorf.

Number 7: 735 resolutions
H. Mosser; Krems/AT (2013)
C-0364 Breast cancer screening in Austria: online survey on women’s level of information, anxiety and trust in information sources in order to assess the extent of informed consent for screening.

Number 8: 601 resolutions
The case for open preprints in biology. (2013)
Philippe Desjardins-Proulx, Ethan P. White, Joel Adamson, Karthik Ram, Timothée Poisot, Dominique Gravel. .

Number 9: 562 resolutions
Designing command-line interfaces (CLIs) for scientific software. (2013)
Daniel Standage.

Number 10: 532 resolutions
Open Access Now! Research notes in the form of a deck of slides assembled by Ernesto Priego for the Open Access debate organised by Roger Sabin at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London, Monday 18 March 2013. (2013)
Ernesto Priego.

So the top 10 are 5 datasets, 1 medical study, 2 presentations and 2 textual objects.

Generally in March we had around 750,000 resolutions in total.

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