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Information Science Detectives

June 30, 2010 by


“It’s kind of like trying to find someone on Facebook only knowing their hair color and favorite breakfast cereal.” This has been my clumsy way of explaining to my friends exactly what it is I’ve been doing lately and why I can’t come out and play in the tree fort with the other kids. Not […]

Why Share Data?

June 29, 2010 by


Raw data is the currency of science. It “pays” the publication bills, it fuels the inquiry. But once the publication is obtained and logged on the tenure checklist, what good is data? A busy scientist might say the data has served its purpose and bury it in their cemetery of computer files. Another could argue […]

On keeping an open science journal

June 23, 2010 by


This certainly isn’t the diary I had in middle school with the broken lock from when I lost the key. For one thing, I wouldn’t mind if anyone actually reads it. It’s hard for me to imagine a time before the internet. Then again, what I have pictured usually involves Thomas Edison being a jerk and trying to vandalize […]

Measuring Major Player’s Policies

June 21, 2010 by


Last week I dove head first into extracting information about journal policies on sharing and citing data. I used the Reuters Citation Reports of 2008 + 2009 to compile all the journals with calculated impact factor in the categories ‘Ecology’ and ‘Evolutionary Biology I attempted to quantify these policies by creating fields with a binary […]

Poll Time

June 18, 2010 by


(In Case you have trouble viewing the Poll, plain text is below…Please vote or respond in the Comments Section) As a researcher, what prevents you from citing data according to best practices? -I don’t reuse data -I don’t know best practices for citing data -I definitely cite data according to best practices -I do cite […]

Summer tapestry of data citation research

June 17, 2010 by


Properly attributing the use and reuse of research data is important.  We know it is important.  We — scientists and social scientists and information scientists — have written editorials and blogs and policies and research papers calling for consistent and comprehensive data reuse attribution.  We’ve developed, and continue to develop, standards to make data citation […]

Recycling in the data world

June 16, 2010 by


Unlike Nic, I don’t have an excitement of introducing myself or going first. Fortunately, I get to post on Wednesday, the day when a good deal of us have shaken off the early lethargy of Monday and Tuesday. Like Sarah, I had an interesting time explaining to colleagues (as well as friends, families and random […]