Datasets Programme- John Kaye


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Presentation from John Kaye, Lead specialist Datasets, British Library for the ALISS 2010 AGM. Discusses the BL datasets programe and the DataCite Project

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Datasets Programme- John Kaye

  1. 1. Datasets Programme June 2010 John Kaye – Lead Content Specialist Datasets
  2. 2. The British Library Exists for everyone who wants to do research – for academic, personal, and commercial purposes. Covers all subject areas – sciences, technology, medicine, arts, humanities, social sciences… Receives a copy of every item published in the UK. Holds over 150 million items, with 3 million items added each year. Used by over 16,000 people each day (on site and online). 2
  3. 3. Data and the Digital Landscape Seismic measurements taken by a geologist. Genetic data collected by a medical researcher. A survey of public opinions collected by a sociologist. 3
  4. 4. The Foundation for Research Data is a crucial component of the scholarly record. Re-acquisition may be impossible Datasets are essential to the British Library’s mission to advance the World’s knowledge. 4
  5. 5. Currently… There is: No effective way to link between datasets and article; No widely used method to identify datasets; No widely used method to cite datasets. As a result, datasets are: Difficult to discover; Difficult to access; In danger of being lost. 5
  6. 6. Datasets Strategy - Vision Researchers can discover, access, adapt, reuse and reference datasets in the course of their research Researchers will be able to track the impact that their datasets have and receive appropriate credit The British Library will be an essential component of an interconnected network of service providers Datasets from all disciplines remain intact, discoverable, useable and vital for future generations 6
  7. 7. The Datasets Programme We envision a future where researchers can: Discover, access, reuse, and reference datasets. Track the impact of the data that they generate and receive appropriate credit. Our approach is to: Provide a focus for the community to establish needs, requirements and agreement. Explore novel technology and creative solutions. 7
  8. 8. Projects – DataCite DataCite is an international consortium which aims to: Establish easier access to scientific research data on the Internet Increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scientific record Support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study 8
  9. 9. Projects – DataCite German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) British Library (BL), UK ETH Zurich Library, Switzerland Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (INIST-CNRS), France Founded on 1 Dec 2009 National Technical Information Center (DTIC), Denmark TU Delft Library, Netherlands Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) Now 12 members from 9 Australian National Data Service (ANDS) different countries California Digital Library (CDL), USA Purdue University Libraries (PUL), USA German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) GESIS - Leibniz Institute of Social Sciences, Germany 9
  10. 10. Projects – DataCite DataCite: Supports researchers by enabling them to locate, identify, and cite research datasets with confidence Supports data centres by providing workflows and standards for data publication Supports publishers by enabling research articles to be linked to the underlying data 10
  11. 11. A Key Component for Many Goals Cite Make Reuse Visible Persistent ? Identification Find Verify Track Access Impact 11
  12. 12. Connecting an Article with the Underlying Data URLs are not persistent (e.g. Wren JD: URL decay in MEDLINE- a 4-year follow-up study. Bioinformatics. 2008, Jun 1;24(11):1381-5). Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) offer a solution Mostly widely used identifier for scientific articles Dataset Researchers, authors, publishers Yancheva et al (2007). Analyses know how to use them on sediment of Lake Maar. Put datasets on the same playing PANGAEA. field as articles doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.587840 12
  13. 13. The Cost of Visibility DOI-registration and €0.01 – €1 search results Storage, €50 – €500 quality assurance, (approx 1% of data creation cost) and metadata Harvesting €5,000 – €5,000,000 and production 13
  14. 14. Projects – Search Our Catalogue 14
  15. 15. Social Science Collections and Research Datasets Strategy Content Continue to build existing content (print and electronic): OECD, World Bank, UN etc Enhance links to Economic and Social Data Service: International Government, Longitudinal, Qualidata Partnerships Key partners: UK Data Archive, ONS, The National Archives Involved in UK Data Forum; signatory to National Data Strategy for Economic and Social Data Resource discovery Resource/ user guides – add value to SSCR projects Dataset Cataloguing Census 2011 exhibition Capacity building Datasets Content Lead Recruited Training for Reference Team (Social Science, Science) 15
  16. 16. Challenges to Explore Long-term preservation of data Standards for data citation and metadata Methods for assuring quality and integrity of data Attribution and credit for data producers Effective discovery and accessibility 16
  17. 17. John Kaye Lead Content Specialist – Datasets Social Science Collections and Research The British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB Telephone: 020 7412 7450 Email: 17