[open-science] [Open-access] Nature Scientific Data platform and doing science with open data

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Fri Apr 5 14:06:01 UTC 2013

This is great news. Perhaps we should put something about this on the main
OKF blog - in particular noting how we hope this will be explicitly
encouraging researchers to publish data openly, as per the Panton

On 5 April 2013 14:36, Jenny Molloy <jenny.molloy at okfn.org> wrote:

> Hi All
> Many of you will have seen this recent press release, but for those who
> haven't:
> http://www.nature.com/press_releases/scientificdata.html
> This ties in with a recent blog post on doing science with open data, from
> Tom Heath at the Open Data Institute, looking at the questions
> * What are the implications of 'doing science' with open data?
> * What changes are required in how we approach scientific methods and
> findings based on open data?
> http://www.theodi.org/blog/on-data-science-with-open-data
> Your thoughts and comments welcome!
> Jenny
> NPG to launch Scientific Data to help scientists publish and reuse
> research data
> Nature Publishing Group (NPG) today is pleased to announce the Spring 2014
> launch of Scientific Data. Open for submissions this autumn, Scientific
> Data is a new open-access, online-only platform for the publication of
> descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets. Scientific Data will
> initially focus on experimental datasets from the life, biomedical and
> environmental science communities with future plans to expand to other
> fields in the natural sciences.
> Scientific Data will introduce and publish a new type of content called
> Data Descriptors: peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide
> detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets. Data
> Descriptors will be a combination of traditional scientific publication
> content and structured information curated in-house, and are designed to
> maximize reuse and enable searching, linking and data mining. Data
> Descriptors may be associated with articles from a broad range of journals.
> "Over recent years researchers, funders and learned societies alike have
> been calling for new ways to make scientific research, and research data,
> more available, reusable and reproducible," says Jason Wilde, Nature
> Publishing Group Business Development Director. "Scientific Data's
> central mission is to help foster the sharing and re-use of the data
> underpinning scientific research."
> "Scientific Data will allow for the formal peer-review, publication and
> citation of data sets and will provide a real opportunity to promote open
> data and promote the re-use of data held by NERC and other research
> organisations," says Mark Thorley, Head of Science Information at the
> Natural Environment Research Council and Chair of the Research Councils UK
> Research Outputs Network.
> Scientific Data gives credit through a citable publication, for
> depositing and sharing research data. Data Description will be accessible
> and searchable via the Scientific Data online data platform, under a
> Creative Commons license. The actual data files will be stored in one or
> more public, community-recognized systems. The full release of Data
> Description and associated data will be verified as part of the peer-review
> process. Where a community recognized repository does not exist, Scientific
> Data supports the deposit of the data into a more general repository such
> as Dryad and Figshare. All accepted data descriptors will be published on
> payment of an article-processing charge (APC) that will also cover the Data
> Description curation process.
> Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Associate Director and Principal Investigator at
> the University of Oxford e-Research Centre, has worked with the NPG team
> for the past months to define the Data Description’s concept; she has now
> been appointed Honorary Academic Editor of Scientific Data. She will work
> closely with the Advisory Panel which is comprised of senior scientists,
> data repository representatives, bio-curators, librarians, and funders who
> guide the policies, standards, and editorial scope.
> "The ongoing conversation around data curation, sharing and publication
> has become increasingly exciting as various organisations have moved to
> encourage and in some cases support the sharing and reuse of data in
> context," says Honorary Academic Editor Sansone. "To inform the internal
> development of Scientific Data, I will continue to stay abreast of the
> fast-paced fields of data management and scholarly communication."
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