4 January 2013

Summary of data citation work Oct-Dec 2012


As 2013 kicks off, it seems a good time to reflect on the progress to date of our data citation project. 

Following a well-attended data citation session in November, four of our subject librarians (about a third of the staff from this team) volunteered to get involved in the project. I met with two of these librarians before Christmas to talk about citation patterns and impact motivations in their disciplines (creative arts and humanities, and health). These meetings were very informative, and have led to some current work investigating the visibility of data citation within the common style guides used at Griffith (APA, MLA and Vancouver, for starters). 

We are also looking at our current information guides and training programs on referencing and bibliographic management tools, with a view to seeing where data citation might be able to fit in.  As part of this investigation we came across the Data Citation LibGuide at Purdue University, which is a nice model for how to provide an introduction to data citation in a format that would be familiar to many university staff and students. Michael Witt from Purdue has kindly given us permission to repurpose this content, so a data citation LibGuide may well be something we'll produce before the end of the project. 

With regards to the bibliometrics and altmetrics components of the project, our vendor relations team in the library helped us to establish the annual cost for an institutional licence for the Data Citation Index and to organise a short trial of this product which we'll undertake in March or April. We've given ANDS some feedback about the requirement for a national approach to licensing the DCI, possible as an extension to the existing Universities Australia consortial licence for Web of KnowledgeOur first step with our altmetrics activity has been to investigate the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) self-registration process which should facilitate our use of ImpactStory when the time comes.

Part of our work has been our own professional development - getting ourselves up to speed with what's happening in this fast-moving space. We've attended the data citation related presentations at the eResearch Conference (which I've blogged about here), as well as a Data Citation Index webinar run by Thompson Reuters. A professional development highlight was the ANDS data citation webinar series, which featured international speakers from Dryad, the UK Data Archive and ImpactStory. If you missed these talks, you can catch up with them via the ANDS YouTube channel. We've been very grateful for the chance to find out what others are doing through these events, and hope to return the favour by sharing the Griffith experience through an ANDS webinar later in the year. 

We still have plenty that we are trying to achieve in the next few months. Key infrastructure activities include: ensuring that DOI minting and auto-generated citation displays are  included in roadmaps for upcoming repositories projects; sharing a PHP script developed locally for minting DOIs; and evaluating other tools for DOI minting and maintenance that have been produced elsewhere. There is a great deal of thinking yet to be done on methodologies for reporting from the Data Citation Index, ImpactStory and any other tools we decide to investigate, and we'd be happy to hear from other organisations about methods that they have developed. 

Sam

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