Citing, linking, integrating and publishing research data (CLIP)
As well as seeking to demonstrate ways in which research data management in UK Universities can be improved, the JISC Managing Research Data programme seeks to demonstrate the benefits of making research data as openly available as possible.
The JISC Call for Projects 14/09 Strand A sought to fund projects to demonstrate the innovative potential for research and scholarly communications of improving methods for citing, linking and integrating research data.
The Call took as its premise that to form a reliable, transparent and reproducible basis for scientific conclusions, research data should be readily accessible and citable. Information concerning provenance of the data, the way in which raw data has been analysed, adjusted to take account of errors or influences, etc should be available, so that findings can be reproduced, tested and verified. The data that underpins research can be made more usable and valuable by linking it, not just to publications, creators, but also to related concepts and data.
Proposals were asked to demonstrate how the project would benefit research that produces and consumes data, and to indicate where possible the broader applicability of the approach and technology used.
In parallel, JISC Call for Projects 14/09 Strand B sought to fund projects to explore and pilot innovative technical and organizational models for enhanced research data publications. The intended outcomes of these projects, therefore, would be examples of publications that encourage the open publication of research data linked to scholarly articles, thereby to stimulate the better management, more open sharing and easier reuse of research data.
The Call took as its premise that in order to improve the way digital research data is managed, preserved and made available for reuse, the status of data as an valuable research output needs to be enhanced. The mechanisms for recognition and reward for research effort revolve around publications, and there is a need for data publication to be closely integrated with the existing cycle and process. The vision, therefore, is of scholarly, peer-reviewed, online publications that champion the sharing of data as a core output of research activity, by exposing or linking to reusable research data held in an associated repository or archive.
Although some technical issues are at play, it is perhaps even more important that organizational issues (e.g. partnerships between publications/journals and data archives/repositories) should be addressed. Proposals were asked to demonstrate clearly how the proposed pilot will involve appropriate partnerships that are likely to ensure the pilot data publication model will gain support form the research community and stakeholders targeted. Projects are also required to explore and present business models for the long term sustainability of the data publication proposed.
All projects in this Strand will run for roughly one year from 1 August 2010.