[okfn-discuss] "We Need Publishing Standards for Datasets and Data Tables"

Rob Myers rob at robmyers.org
Tue Apr 21 09:50:08 UTC 2009


"OECD has released We Need Publishing Standards for Datasets and Data Tables.

Here's an excerpt:

    Datasets are a significant part of the scholarly record and are
being published more and more frequently, either formally or
informally. Many publishers are beginning to link to them from their
journals and authors are trying to cite them in their articles.
Librarians would like a way to manage them alongside other
publications. In short, they need to be integrated into the scholarly
information system so that authors, readers and librarians can use,
find and manage them as easily as they do working papers, journal
articles and books.

    In this paper, OECD is proposing some standards for citing and
bibliographic management of datasets and data tables. OECD is
currently building a new online publishing platform which will host
working papers, journals, books, tables and datasets. Due to be
launched in mid-2009, this platform will use the standards proposed
above. Librarians will be offered MARC 21 records for datasets,
alongside records for OECD books and periodicals. Users of the
platform will be invited to download citations for datasets and tables
in a form compatible with popular bibliographic management systems.
All the DOIs for the datasets and tables will be deposited with
CrossRef, ready for other publishers to use."

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