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What does "data publication" mean to researchers?

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Data “publication” attempts to appropriate for data the prestige of publication in the scholarly literature. While the scholarly communication community substantially endorses the idea, it hasn’t fully resolved what a data publication should look like or how data peer review should work. To contribute an important and neglected perspective on these issues, we surveyed ~250 researchers across the sciences and social sciences, asking what expectations “data publication” raises and what features would be useful to evaluate the trustworthiness and impact of a data publication and the contribution of its creator(s).

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What does "data publication" mean to researchers?

  1. 1. What does “data publication” mean to researchers? John Kratz & Carly Strasser
  2. 2. “…it [is] clear that scientists in all fields endorse the principle of data sharing as a desirable norm of science.” –Ceci SJ, 1988, Scientists’ attitudes toward data sharing. Science, Technology, & Human Values 13: 45–52.
  3. 3. “…it is clear that something is amiss in the academy.” –Ceci SJ, 1988, Scientists’ attitudes toward data sharing. Science, Technology, & Human Values 13: 45–52.
  4. 4. SHARED PUBLISHED AVAILABLE AVAILABLE CITABLE DOCUMENTED VALIDATED
  5. 5. Many different players implementing in different ways… PURR
  6. 6. DATA PUBLICATION ? + =
  7. 7. 249 researchers responded
  8. 8. What does “data publication” mean to researchers?
  9. 9. How would you expect a published dataset to differ from a shared one?
  10. 10. How would you expect a published dataset to differ from a shared one? RESEARCH PAPER AVAILABLE DATA PAPER
  11. 11. How highly do researchers value data publications?
  12. 12. How much weight would you give each item on a researcher’s CV? Low Moderate High
  13. 13. “Data publication” does not strongly imply peer review… …but peer review is highly valued.
  14. 14. “Data publication” has multiple meanings for researchers… Available in a repository Associated with a traditional paper Associated with a data paper
  15. 15. Researchers do not immediately understand or value data publication.
  16. 16. What does data publication mean to researchers? John Kratz 0000-0002-9610-5370 John.Kratz@ucop.edu @john_kratz Carly Strasser 000-0001-9592-2339 Carly.Strasser@ucop.edu @carlystrasser

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