New Working Paper: On the role of research data centres in the management of publication-related research data

Posted: November 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: EDaWaX, Report | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

vlaeminck_ratswdOur 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


2 Comments on “New Working Paper: On the role of research data centres in the management of publication-related research data”

  1. 1 Alleli said at 04:33 on November 8th, 2013:

    I’ve always been fascinated with reports like this. Big data is a trend these days and a lot of industries already apply it to their processes, functions, and strategies. Thanks for providing us the study. I’m sure a lot of people data and research enthusiasts will learn a lot from it! :) PS. I’ve downloaded the report, btw.

  2. 2 Sven said at 15:25 on November 8th, 2013:

    Hi Alleli,
    thank you very much for your feedback! For me it was really interesting to see what kind of services already exist for publication related data. I really hope that our study is of interest for many people from different research fields.
    All the best
    Sven