Posted: November 27th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: EDaWaX, Workshop | Tags: Data Policies, Data Sharing, pilot application, Replication | 1 Comment »
A week ago our project held its final evaluation workshop. We presented the main results of some of our work packages and also introduced a beta version of our pilot application for the management of publication-related research data in journals.
In preparation of the workshop we invited more than 30 editors of scholarly journals and almost a dozen scientists from 15 journals accepted our invitation. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: November 1st, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: EDaWaX, Report | Tags: RDM, research data centres, WP3 | 2 Comments »
Our project currently has published the results of our work package 3 in which we analyzed the role of research data centres with regard to management of publication-related research data. This working paper presents the results of a survey among these scientific infrastructure service providers.
By conducting a desk research and an online survey, we found out that almost three quarters of all responding research data centres, archives and libraries generally store externally generated research data – what also applies to publication-related data.
Almost 75% of all respondents also store and host the code of computation (the syntax of statistical analyses). If self-compiled software components have been used to generate research outputs, only 40% of all respondents accept these software components for storing and hosting.
Eight in ten institutions also stated that they are taking specific actions for digital long-term preservation of their data. In regard to the documentation of stored and hosted research data almost 70% of all respondents claimed to use the metadata schema of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI); Dublin Core was used by 30 percent (multiple answers were permitted). Almost two thirds also used persistent identifiers to facilitate citation of these datasets. Three in four respondents also stated to support researchers in creating metadata for their data. Application programming interfaces (APIs) for uploading or searching datasets currently have not been implemented by any of the respondents yet. Little widespread is the use of semantic technologies like RDF.
A German version of the paper is also available.
Photo: S. Vlaeminck. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 DE
Posted: October 29th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Data Sharing, Report, Research Data | Tags: access to data, Data Sharing, European Commission, Open Data | Comments Off
The European Commission (EC) held a public consultation on open research data. For that purpose the Commission invited stakeholders from various branches and researchers, the industry, funders, libraries, publishers, infrastructure developers and other stakeholders joined the meeting on 2 July in Brussels.
The commission posed five questions to structure the debate. These questions included basic questions like “how research data can be defined?”. But a lion’s share of the questions dealt with the “openness” of data: What types of data should be openly available? When and how does openness need to be limited?
In addition other important questions from the perspective of infrastructure service providers were mentioned. How should research data be stored and made accessible? How should the issue of data re-use be addressed? And finally a question I personally characterize as a very important topic: How can we enhance data awareness and a culture of data sharing?
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Posted: October 11th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Conference, EDaWaX, Report | Tags: Research Data, research paper | Comments Off
As you might have noticed, currently I don’t have much time to publish new articles on the blog. The reason is that our project is currently publishing a lot of the results we achieved in the course of the last two years.
One of these publications has been published yesterday – it is a nice summary of the project’s main results, but still not all of them. The paper “Replizierbare Forschung in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften erhöhen – Eine Herausforderung für wissenschaftliche Infrastrukturdienstleister” is available online. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 16th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: EDaWaX, Research Data | Tags: Data Sharing, economics | 2 Comments »
Experts say research data management should be an integral part of university curricula
Panel of experts recommends the integration of research data management into the university curricula of young researchers. The ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and the German Data Forum initiated a debate on the topic at the annual meeting of the Verein für Socialpolitik, the most prestigious professional association of German-speaking economists, held in Düsseldorf from 4 to 7 September 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: September 3rd, 2013 | Author: Hendrik | Filed under: EDaWaX | Tags: ckan, prototype, Software | 5 Comments »
One aim of EDaWaX is to develop and implement a web-platform prototype for a publication-related research data archive. We’ve chosen CKAN –an open source data portal platform– as basis for this prototype.
This post describes the reasons for this decision and tries to give some insights in CKAN, its features and technology. We’ll also discuss these features both in regard to our special use case and to the suitability for research data management in general.
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Posted: August 28th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, Report | Tags: European Commission, open access, Open Data | Comments Off
The European Commission (EC) has released a press statement in which the EC claimed that “the global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers—so-called ‘open access’ is reaching ‘tipping point’.”
This enthusiastic view of the Commission is based on three studies that that have been funded by the EC:
One study analysed the growth of open access publications, a second evaluated the strategies of funders to enforce open access and the a third addressed open access to scientific data. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 8th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net | Tags: economics, open access, Open Data, Research Data | Comments Off
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, the Open Economics Working Group has just finalised the Open Economic Principles. Now it is also possible to endorse these principles online. In an e-mail the working group announces:
The Open Economics Working Group would like to introduce the Open Economics Principles, a Statement on Openness of Economic Data and Code. A year and a half ago the Open Economics project began with a mission of becoming central point of reference and support for those interested in open economic data. In the process of identifying examples and ongoing barriers for opening up data and code for the economics profession, we saw the need to present a statement on the guiding principles of transparency and accountability in economics that would enable replication and scholarly debate as well as access to knowledge as a public good. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: August 1st, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: EDaWaX | Tags: metadata, WP5 | Comments Off
In the course of our project we had to deal with a work package (WP5) in which we had to develop (or at least to choose) a metadata schema capable of describing and labelling publication-related metadata. Today I would like to summarize our approach and some of our thoughts for choosing an appropriate metadata schema.
I already characterised our approach in my talk at the IASSIST 2013 conference, but I would like to describe it more in-depth to start a discussion with researchers and the community, so feel free to comment.
In a first move we evaluated the data and further materials we found in the data archives of economics journals. These types of data we found within the journals’ data archives were seen as functional requirements, because the metadata schema should be capable to describe these data.
We focussed on a schema that should be capable to describe quantitative data – mainly because qualitative approaches are rare in Economics. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 29th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, Workshop | Tags: Data Sharing, Guidelines | 1 Comment »
Despite rising temperatures and beginning summer holidays all across Europe, the Open Economics Working Group of the Open Knowledge Foundation was very active within the last weeks. I would like to single out a few of these activities:
Posted: July 23rd, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, German, Report | Tags: infrastructure, Research Data | 1 Comment »
The German project RADIESCHEN / radish (Rahmenbedingungen einer disziplinübergreifenden Forschungsdateninfrastruktur /Framework for an inter-disciplinary research data infrastructure) has published the project’s synthesis in English. The objective of this DFG-funded project was the development of a roadmap and recommendations for a multi-disciplinary research data infrastructure in Germany.
The project team identified requirements for generic components of existing infrastructures and potential for cross-linking of multi-disciplinary components. The resulting analysis is based on a survey of existing and new projects and includes measures for community building. Key aspects of the analysis are the technical components of the infrastructure, the cost model and the investigation of cross-disciplinary topics.
Photo: “Lachdieschen” by dwarslöper / flickr.com. License: CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0 DE
Posted: July 8th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Data Policy, Data Sharing, Projects | Tags: academic publishing, access to data, Citation, Data Policies, Data Sharing | 1 Comment »
Today I want to introduce the PKP- Open Journal System / Dataverse Integration Project to our readers, an approach that is in some parts quite similar to our own approach in the field of economics.
Funded by a $1 million Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant, the OJS-DVN project intends to develop a plugin for journals that are using the Open Journal System (OJS), a journal management and publishing system that has been developed by the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), to expand and improve access to research. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: July 5th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: found on the net, Research Data | Comments Off
Patrick McNeal reported on openeconomics.net, that the American Economic Association (AEA) has recently launched a registry for randomized controlled trials in economics. Explaing the reasons why the registry has been implemented, the AEA stated:
Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) are widely used in various fields of economics and other social sciences. As they become more numerous, a central registry on which trials are on-going or complete (or abandoned) becomes important for various reasons: as a source of results for meta-analysis; as a one-stop resource to find out about available survey instruments and data.
Because existing registries are not well suited to the need for social sciences, in April 2012, the AEA executive committee decided to establish such a registry for economics and other social sciences.
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Posted: June 18th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: EDaWaX | Tags: data archvies, Data Policies, Report | Comments Off
Last year our project won the LIBER-Award for Library Innovation 2012. Now our paper was published in LIBER-Quarterly, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of European Research Libaries.
In this paper we summarize the findings of an empirical study conducted by the EDaWaX-Project. 141 economics journals were examined regarding the quality and extent of data availability policies that should support replications of published empirical results in economics. This paper suggests criteria for such policies that aim to facilitate replications. These criteria were also used for analysing the data availability policies we found in our sample and to identify best practices for data policies of scholarly journals in economics. In addition, we also evaluated the journals’ data archives and checked the percentage of articles associated with research data. To conclude, an appraisal as to how scientific libraries might support the linkage of publications to underlying research data in cooperation with researchers, editors, publishers and data centres is presented.
I’m very happy that this article is online now and want to thank the team of LIBER Quarterly for their support.
Of course this article mainly reflects an early part of our research only, but other publications will follow in late summer and automn this year.
The article “Data Management in Scholarly Journals and Possible Roles for Libraries — Some Insights from EDaWaX” is available in html- and in pdf-format.
Picture: Jorma Bork_pixelio.de
Posted: May 13th, 2013 | Author: Sven | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off
In February, the GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences and the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics initiated a meeting of experts from across Europe as well as representatives of the European Commission and ERCEA (Executive Agency of the ERC) at the Brussels office of the Leibniz Association in order to formulate recommendations for a policy regarding the open access publication of research data. Read the rest of this entry »