Thursday, 15 December 2011

Link roundup

Blog posts:

The Skinny on Data Publication - "It turns out data publication is similar to data management: no one is against the concept per se, but they are against all of the work, angst, and effort involved in making it a reality."

Save Scholarly Ideas, Not the Publishing Industry (a rant) - "The scholarly publishing industry used to offer a service. It used to be about making sure that knowledge was shared as broadly as possible to those who would find it valuable using the available means of distribution: packaged paper objects shipped through mail to libraries and individuals. It made a profit off of serving an audience. These days, the scholarly publishing industry operates as a gatekeeper, driven more by profits than by the desire to share information as widely as possible. It stopped innovating and started resting on its laurels."

My Data Management Plan -a satire - "When required to make the data available by my program manager, my collaborators, and ultimately by law, I will grudgingly do so by placing the raw data on an FTP site, named with UUIDs like 4e283d36-61c4-11df-9a26-edddf420622d. I will under no circumstances make any attempt to provide analysis source code, documentation for formats, or any metadata with the raw data. When requested (and ONLY when requested), I will provide an Excel spreadsheet linking the names to data sets with published results. This spreadsheet will likely be wrong -- but since no one will be able to analyze the data, that won't matter."

altmetrics: a manifesto - "No one can read everything. We rely on filters to make sense of the scholarly literature, but the narrow, traditional filters are being swamped. However, the growth of new, online scholarly tools allows us to make new filters; these altmetrics reflect the broad, rapid impact of scholarship in this burgeoning ecosystem. We call for more tools and research based on altmetrics."

Papers

Systematic documentation and analysis of human genetic variation in hemoglobinopathies using the microattribution approach, Giardine et. al. Nature Genetics 43, 295–301 (2011) doi:10.1038/ng.785

On the utility of identification schemes for digital earth science data: an assessment and recommendations Duerr et al. Earth Science Informatics, Springer-Verlag, July 2011, 10.1007/s12145-011-0083-6

Data Reviews, peer-reviewed research data. Marjan Grootveld and Jeff van Egmond (editors). DANS studies in Digital Archiving 5. Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS) - 2011. ISBN 978-94-90531-07-2.

Services

Cite my Data - "The ANDS Cite My Data service will allow research organisations to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to research datasets or collections."

total-impact.org - "Create a collection of research objects you want to track. We'll provide you a report of the total impact of this collection."

figshare.com - "Scientific publishing as it stands is an inefficient way to do science on a global scale. A lot of time and money is being wasted by groups around the world duplicating research that has already been carried out. FigShare allows you to share all of your data, negative results and unpublished figures. In doing this, other researchers will not duplicate the work, but instead may publish with your previously wasted figures, or offer collaboration opportunities and feedback on preprint figures."

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