I am here to tell you about the datasets programme across the BL and in the Social Sciences team, There have been rapid changes in the digital landscape which has led to people generating and sharing ever increasing volumes of data. We refer to collections of data as datasets. While the nature of datasets varies across disciplines, researchers within each discipline typically agree on what constitutes a dataset for them. Examples of datasets include (1) example of volcanic data (2) cluster of chromosomes inside a breast cancer cell (3) uk poll of voting intention (blue cons, red labour, yellow liberal) Within the Dataset Programme, we consider a dataset to be an organised collection of digital objects that is produced or consumed during research. We emphasise the role that the dataset plays in the research activity, its importance to researchers, its impact, and its potential for reuse. Despite the differing nature of datasets, many of the services required by researchers are shared, such as methods of citation, discovery, and preservation.
So why focus on datasets? Data is the foundation for research It is an essential component of the scientific record. Time-consuming, costly to produce. Re-acquisition may be impossible. Therefore essential that it is preserved and shared.
As a result of these challenges In Dec 2009 the BL produced a Datasets Strategy. This strategy has been transformed into a programme of work in a number of departments in the Library and a number of significant projects. The datasets programme has been established to explore how the Library can help… Not only do we want to ensure data is preserved, we envision a future where… Our approach is to foster collaboration and…
Example Project 3 – Resource Discovery The BL is developing improved discovery services by deploying the Primo system from Ex Libris. We are investigating ways of including datasets alongside of other catalogue material such as articles and monographs. Now you can see how this works together with DataCite. There is a link next to the dataset that shows that you can get it as an on-line resource. This link uses the DataCite DOI. If we follow it, the DOI system takes us directly to the dataset. The same mechanism is also being used to link to articles and datasets in Elsevier's ScienceDirect and Thompson-Reuters Web of Science.
In social sciences we haven’t assigned any datacite DOIs yet, hopefully that is coming soon, but we are using the Primo system in our new projects. Dataset resources will be included in the release of the management and business studies portal. As you can see from this search for flexible working datset results from UKDA are displayed alongside articles We have tested the search functionality out with users and have had some good feedback that we are currently incorporating before the launch. A resource guide for the MBS datsets will also be published on the portal at launch.
The types of data linked to include Data from ESDS/UKDA, UK government data, regional and local government data, international organisations etc.
Example Project 1 – DataCite Our long term vision is to support researchers by providing methods for them to locate, identify, and cite research datasets with confidence.
How does datacite work? The approach that DataCite is taking – using DOIs - has some important social benefits. Researchers, authors, publishers are comfortable, understand, and know how to use them. They put datasets on a level playing field with articles.
Social Science Datasets November 2011 John Kaye – Social Sciences Dataset Lead http:// www.slideshare.net/johnkayebl