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

Ross Mounce ross.mounce at gmail.com
Fri Apr 5 14:27:18 UTC 2013

It's not all great news...

They're doing their usual NPG quirk of charging more if the
author chooses to publish under CC BY rather than CC BY-NC (they're
offering a 'choice' of licences).
see http://www.nature.com/scientificdata/open-access/

£585 for more restrictive licencing & £650 for CC BY.
This will of course help authors to choose the cheaper more restrictive
option :(

I've blogged about this before:

There's also no absolute guarantee the data will be open data as per
http://opendefinition.org/ either. The data will go to appropriate
community databases in some instances, and some of these may not be open.

So, yes it's good that Nature care about data, and may offer some of it as
open data - but unfortunately I think it's quite likely that it won't all
be open, and there are better more open, less expensive data journals out



On 5 April 2013 15:06, Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org> wrote:

> 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
> Principles?
> 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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Ross Mounce
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Fossils, Phylogeny and Macroevolution Research Group
University of Bath, 4 South Building, Lab 1.07
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