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 […]

10 most popular datasets in February

Following the success of publishing the most resolved datasets of January, we present you the
10 most popular datasets of February 2013, registered by DataCite:

  • Number 1: 4226 resolutions
    GenoCAD Training Set I. (2013)
    Jean Peccoud, Laura Adam, Mandy Wilson
  • Number 2: 1863 resolutions
    Introduction to the UCSC Genome Browser. (2012)
    Mary Mangan.
  • Number 3: 1560 resolutions
    GenoCAD Legacy Grammars. (2013)
    Jean Peccoud, Michael Czar, Yizhi Cai.
  • Number 4: 761 resolutions
    Slagvaardig met ICT: Ontwerpprincipes voor leeromgevingen die professionele digitale competenties van hbo-studenten versterken. (2013)
    F.W. Jacobs
  • Number 5: 670 resolutions
    How to design a genetic mating scheme: a basic training package for Drosophila genetics. (2013)
    John Roote, Andreas Prokop.
  • Number 6: 533 resolutions
    2nd year Drosophila Developmental Genetics practical. (2013)
    Andreas Prokop.
  • Number 7: 528 resolutions
    Agrawal A, Johnson MTJ, Hastings AP, Maron JL (2012)
    Data from: A field experiment demonstrating plant life-history evolution and its eco-evolutionary feedback to seed predator populations.
    Dryad Digital Repository.
  • Number 8: 484 resolutions
    ICT4S ICT for Sustainability. (2013)
    Hilty, Lorenz M., Aebischer, Bernard, Andersson, Göran and Lohmann, Wolfgang.
    Proceedings of the First International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Sustainability, ETH Zurich, February 14-16, 2013
  • Number 9: 450 resolutions
    git repository for paper on git and reproducible science. (2013)
    Karthik Ram.
  • Number 10: 439 resolutions
    Evaluating a general theory of macroecology. (2013)
    Ethan P. White

    So the top 10 are 4 datasets, 1 course material, 2 presentations and 3 textual objects, although number 9 could propably count as data about a text-object ­čÖé
    Generally we again had around 500,000 resolutions in total.
    Interestingly none of the top 11 from January is in the top 10 of February, which indicates that the resolutions here come from actual interest in the objects, not just from clicking on the top 11 of January…