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Publishing your data smyth


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Publishing your data. Presentation by Anita Smyth at ESA conference workshop 1 October 2014

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Publishing your data smyth

  1. 1. Data Publishing & Management Learning Objectives: 1. Introduce the advantages of publishing your data, the steps involved and how to publish to increase your research profile. 2. To understand best practice in “data management” and how it underpins efficient data publication. Sections: • 1410-1415 A new era of data publishing, what it means for you and the role of data management • 1415-1425 Data publishing – your options and why does it matter • 1425-1435 Data publishing exercise • 1435-1450 Data management • 1450-1500 Data management exercise
  2. 2. Data publishing Learning Objective To understand advantages of publishing your data, the steps involved and how to publish to increase your research profile. • Why publish? • What’s in it for you? • What’s the effort? - data publishing resources • TERN’s SHaRED – an example for ecologists
  3. 3. Data Management & Publishing Survey on research data management 2012: • 63% aware of Australian Code of Conduct • 70% understand their data management responsibilities • 70% don’t do data management plans • 70% don’t keep a registry of research data collections • 82% agree data should be available to other researchers • 81% would re-use another’s data • 29% supported public access to their data
  4. 4. An emerging international consensus International Council for Science (ICSU) 2 September 2014 Free of financial barriers • for any researcher to contribute to • for any user to access immediately on publication Made available without restriction on reuse for any purpose • subject to proper attribution Quality-assured and published in a timely manner Archived and made available in perpetuity
  5. 5. Journals already mandate data publication in open data repositories Ecology Letters says: “On submission of a paper, authors must confirm whether any of the data or content is already in the public domain (e.g., in a publicly accessible pre-print repository or report), and all relevant sources must be cited.” Royal Society’s Open Biology says: “All manuscripts which report primary data (usually research articles) should include Data Accessibility section which states where the article's supporting data can be accessed…… Please read our data sharing policies carefully before submission.”
  6. 6. Granting bodies moving towards open access data publication • NHMRC Open Access policy came into effect from 1 July 2012 • ARC Open Access policy came into effect from 1 January 2013.  “A11.5.2. Researchers and institutions have an obligation to care for and maintain research data in accordance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007). The ARC considers data management planning an important part of the responsible conduct of research and strongly encourages the depositing of data arising from a Project in an appropriate publically accessible subject and/or institutional repository. “
  7. 7. Publishing data can raise your research profile Individual citations reciprocity recognition crowdsourcing more publishable units altruistic ethical science error identification multiple perspectives training new researchers meeting grant conditions increase research efficiencies
  8. 8. Publishing ecological datasets is more common Log10 Number *
  9. 9. Open Access Data Repositories Organisations Individuals • Technical Data Storage & Access Systems • Data Professionals • BOM, CSIRO, ALA, TERN, State Atlases • Dryad/KNB/ Nature’s Scientific Data, FigsShare, Genebank, Pangaea • BioPlatforms Australia, TERN SHaRED Dataset Submission
  10. 10. Who Data In Data Published Data Out Data Used Self-service Datasets Dataset Submission Portal Repository Dataset Download Site Maps Data Submission Researchers, Governments, Supersites, LTERN, ATN Data Publishing Services Integrated Species/Site Data Assisted Data Submission Services RIF-CS Integrated Site Data Download Site Maps MS Access Observation Diagram Universities, Government Databases AusPlots. CSIRO, AusCover Individual/research team data creators Organisational data creators
  11. 11. TERN Eco-informatics SHaRED * Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System
  12. 12. Published in AEKOS ( Prober S, TERN Australian SuperSite Network (2014). Vegetation Demographic Cover and Floristic Data, Great Western Woodlands SuperSite, 2012-2013, Version 13. 10.4227/05/53B49B4C5E115. Obtained from Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System Data Portal (ÆKOS,, made available by James Cook University, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation. Accessed 21 September 2014.
  13. 13. Warning - understand data licences US Creative Commons 3.0 vs Creative Commons Australia 3.0 Creative Commons International 4.0
  14. 14. When not to share/publish data • Patent application • Confidential human patient details • Commercial sponsorship arrangements • Sensitive species declared by governments • Postgraduate - embargoed the data
  15. 15. Data Publishing - Exercise 1. Guiding principals for publishing reusable datasets. A plenary discussion to understand the qualities of a ‘publication ready’ dataset(s) in terms of: - ‘garbage in, garbage out’ - reusability and effort - attributes required for re-use - which attributes are essential for reuse OR 2. Demo of SHaRED A walk-through features of SHaRED data publishing - Metadata and keyword search terms by questions - A real example
  16. 16. SHaRED Questionnaire
  17. 17. Questions Are you ready to publish?
  18. 18. Thank you Email: Website: Portal: Data submission (DOI): Twitter: @tern_aekos