[Wg-economics-advisory] Data Journals - Could we have them in Economics?

Velichka Dimitrova velichka.dimitrova at okfn.org
Wed May 1 11:57:52 UTC 2013

Dear all,

You may be familiar with data journals: peer-reviewed publications of
datasets containing about two pages of a description about the origin of
the data and methodology in compiling it (see the attached short document
from Ubiquity Press for some background).

Data journals are being implemented in other academic disciplines like
biodiversity and archeology. They create additional reputation incentives
for researchers to provide their data along with useful and structured
metadata for others.

As Advisory Panel members, we would like to ask about your general opinion
on data journals and whether they could have any application in economics
and the social sciences?

   - Would there be an opportunity to develop data publications and data
   journals in economics? Are the underlying conditions present? Are there
   particular economics fields which can make use of them?
   - What are the arguments against having data journals in economics? What
   are the reasons for not having data journals in your field?

Please let us know if you have an opinion on this matter. Thank you for
your input.

Best wishes

Velichka Dimitrova
Open Economics Project Coordinator
Open Knowledge Foundation
http://okfn.org | http://openeconomics.net
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