Journal Research Data Policy Bank (JoRD) is a JISC funded initiative conducting a feasibility study into the scope and shape of a sustainable service that will collate and summarise journal policies on Research Data to provide researchers, managers of research data and other stakeholders with an easy source of reference to understand and comply with these policies.
JoRD will shed light on the policies devised by academic publishers to promote linkage between journal articles and underlying research data.
The aim of the JoRD Policy Bank project is to conduct a feasibility study into the scope and shape of a sustainable service that will collate and summarise journal data policies. The project will deliver requirements and specifications for a service that will provide researchers, managers of research data and other stakeholders with an easy source of reference to understand and comply with the research data policies of journals and publishers. Through maintaining a firm focus upon research literature and stakeholder consultations, the project aims to:
- identify and consult with a wide range of stakeholders, publishers and others, and develop a detailed set of stakeholder requirements and service specifications;
- investigate the current state of data sharing policies within journals and shed light on how journals are addressing this crucial question;
- scope and deliver recommendations on the shape of a central service that will (i) summarise journal research data policies; and (ii) provide a ready reference source of easily accessible, standardised, accurate and clear guidance and information relating to the journal policy landscape for research data;
- provide models to establish the business framework that will allow the committed relationships necessary to deliver such a service on a long term basis;
- provide service sustainability models determining how the long term operation of such a service can be sustained.
Overall this seems to be a very interesting project – especially bullet point 2 resembles me to our approach in work package 2, where we analysed the data availability policies of almost 200 economic scholarly journals.
I’m very interested in the outcome of the JoRD-project and will provide our readers with updates.