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Rebecca Grant - Publishers and RDM


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From "A National Approach to Open Research Data in Ireland", a workshop held on 8 September 2017 in National Library of Ireland, organised by The National Library of Ireland, the Digital Repository of Ireland, the Research Data Alliance and Open Research Ireland.

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Rebecca Grant - Publishers and RDM

  1. 1. A National Approach to Open Research Data in Ireland: Publishers and RDM 8 September 2017 Rebecca Grant, Research Data Manager, Springer Nature
  2. 2. 1 Springer Nature is a leading research, educational and professional publisher, providing quality content to our communities through a range of innovative platforms, products and services. Home to brands including Springer, Nature Research, BioMed Central, Palgrave Macmillan and Scientific American. As the leading open access publisher, we see the rise of open research in all its manifestations as one of the major forces reshaping the way that researchers communicate and collaborate to advance the pace and quality of discovery. Our focus is on investing in and creating tools, services or training that help the research community to understand and utilise new ideas and concepts.
  3. 3. 2 What challenges do researchers face? • 64% unsure about open licensing of research data1 • 56% do not use a metadata standard2 • 54% would like more guidance complying with funder policies1 • 54% do not have enough time to make data available1 • 45% unaware of a repository for some of their data3 • 39% uncertain about meeting costs of making data open1,2 1. Treadway et al. (2016). figshare. (n= 2061) (& image credit CC BY) 2. Tenopir et al. (2011). PLoS ONE 6(6): e21101. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021101 (n=1315) 3. Nature Publishing Group (2014). figshare. m9.figshare.1234052 (n=387)
  4. 4. 3 • Content types e.g. data articles and journals • Credit and incentives e.g. data citation and data articles • Encouraging reuse e.g. open licences • Data quality e.g. data peer review • Data discoverability e.g. linking data to publications; supporting repositories • Raising awareness e.g. editorials, outreach • Guidance and policy e.g. information for authors, policy harmonisation • Technology e.g. platform developments, repository integration and other partnerships What is Springer Nature doing?
  5. 5. 4 From our data journal portfolio: Scientific Data Scientific Data Part of the Nature Research Group, Scientific Data is an open-access, online-only journal for descriptions of scientifically valuable datasets. The articles, known as Data Descriptors, combine traditional narrative content with curated, structured descriptions (metadata) of the published data to provide a new framework for data-sharing and –reuse. • Broad scope covering physical, life and quantitative social sciences • In-house metadata curation • Data-focused peer-review process • Supports community data repositories • Integrated submission of data to general repositories
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  8. 8. 7 Research Data Support helpdesk @Springer Nature Support for editors: • Identifying and implementing a data policy • Identifying data repositories for their audience(s) • Dealing with peer review of sensitive/human data • Good practice for data-literature integration Support for authors: • Information on the data policy of their target journal(s) • Identifying and using data repositories • Compliance with funders’ and institutions’ data sharing policies • Data reporting standards
  9. 9. 8 Helping researchers find the right repository • Recommended repositories list (>80 repositories) • What makes a good data repository? Data repositories for data supporting peer-reviewed publications generally should: I. Ensure long-term persistence and preservation of datasets II. Be recognized by a research community or research institution III. Provide deposited datasets with stable and persistent identifiers, such as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) IV. Allow access to data without unnecessary restrictions V. Provide a clear license or terms of use for deposited datasets
  10. 10. 9 Policies need checks and enforcement to be robust and effective1 but not all researchers and journals have easy access to tools and resources to share data easily2,3. To help Springer Nature authors and journals follow good practice in sharing and archiving of research data, we’re piloting optional data deposition and curation services. The services provide secure and private submission of data files, which are then curated and managed by the Springer Nature Research Data team for public release. Springer Nature Data Support Services pilot 1. Vines, T. H. et al. Mandated data archiving greatly improves access to research data. FASEB J. fj.12–218164– (2013). doi:10.1096/fj.12-218164 2. Treadway et al. (2016). figshare. (n= 2061) 3. Tenopir et al. (2011). PLoS ONE 6(6): e21101. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0021101 (n=1315)
  11. 11. 10 Before editing – researcher’s electronic lab notebook
  12. 12. 11 Now includes • Link to associated, peer-reviewed publication • Consistent titles and author names • Clear citation information • Files preview-able in browser • Metadata for each file in the archive • Contextual information • Clear license/terms of use • Dataset description/abstract • Rich usage statistics After data curation
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  14. 14. 13 Community and stakeholder engagement via RDA Co-chairs: Natasha Simons (ANDS), Simone Taylor (Wiley), David Kernohan (Jisc), Iain Hrynaszkiewicz (Springer Nature) Proposed group activities can build on and be informed by research carried by Jisc, ongoing activities of ANDS and work of Springer Nature on data policy
  15. 15. 14 July 2017 Thank you! Email: Website: Twitter: @beck_grant @springernature Come to Better Science through Better Data 25 October 2017, London: tickets now available at