This is a blog of interns and mentors working on the ‘Data Citations and Data Management Plans’ Summer Internship Project of the Data Observation Network for Earth.
The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Scientists in the academic workplace rely on publishing in peer reviewed journals and the citations to their work help gain tenure and promotion. Research funding for scientists is increasingly tied to requirements for data management plans. Barriers to data sharing exist in both of these areas: the lack of common standards or practices for data citation to ensure scientists are recognized for their work in collecting and compiling datasets; and the lack of understanding about what makes an effective data management plan. This project will study current levels of data citation and acknowledgment practices, as well as current efforts for the creation and evaluation of data management plans in earth and environmental sciences. In addition, it will compile relevant best practices in both areas and make recommendations for best practices now and into the future. Anticipated products include the an analysis of citation and data reference practices, a review of existing materials on barriers to data sharing and reuse, an initial draft of a paper suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal analyzing sharing and reuse barriers, and informational materials suitable for use by scientists to describe best practices (including a listing of exemplar data management plans).