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

hbrunner at adb.org hbrunner at adb.org
Thu May 2 02:31:53 UTC 2013

Dear All,
Thanks Velichka for this interesting contribution. The basic idea of 
having a data journal in economics is well worth pursuing, and that is a 
proposal that should on the agenda of the Cambridge MA meeting. Any 
journal should be with a very reputable publisher and needs a top class 
editorial board with strong participation of US members. Such data journal 
could well be of value for policy makers practicing in the field of 
economic development. To avoid reputational loss of an 'economic data 
journal', may be those authors that get accepted, would need to 
cross-publish an analytical article based on the data in some other 
top-tier economics journal.For instance, anyone publishing work supported 
by an institution like ADB, would be required to cross-publish data 
details in the data journal.

Best wishes

Hans-Peter Brunner
Senior Economist, Regional Economic Integration
Asian Development Bank
Tel  (632) 632 4159
Fax (632) 636 2337

From:   Velichka Dimitrova <velichka.dimitrova at okfn.org>
To:     wg-economics-advisory at lists.okfn.org, 
Date:   01/05/2013 08:14 PM
Subject:        [Wg-economics-advisory] Data Journals - Could we have them 
in      Economics?
Sent by:        wg-economics-advisory-bounces at lists.okfn.org

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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