London Experience, Day 4: The Data Paper

Today the class enjoyed a series of presentations at the first annual “Strand Symposium on Digital Scholarship and ePublishing” at Kings College, London.

I’m providing the schedule here, along with an uploaded version 2013-Strand-Epub-symposium:

09:30-09:35 INTRODUCTION by Anthony Watkinson (CIBER Research), organiser and chair

09:35-10:15 Introductory Presentation by Professor Carol Tenopir (UTK) – How Scholars decide to Trust Resources

10:15-11:30 FIRST SESSION Building and evaluating cultural resources

1. Professor Tula Giannini (Pratt-SILS): How Brooklyn’s Libraries and Museums Collaborate to Create a new Digital Cultural Heritage Resource: The Brooklyn Visual Heritage Website

2. Professor David Nicholas (CIBER Research): Evaluating the Usage of Europeana

11:15-12:00 Refreshment Break

12:00-13:15 SECOND SESSION Are we publishing and, if so, for whom?

1. Dr. Stuart Dunn (KCL) The distinction between exposing data and publishing: a case study from archaeology

2. Dr. Susan Whitfield (BL) The challenge of creating a resource and interface that is accessible across linguistic, disciplinary and cultural boundaries to the everyman of the Internet

13:15-14:15 Opportunity for lunch: lunch is not provided by there are many appropriate places to eat in the Waterloo surroundings.

14:15-15:30 SESSION THREE Managing online resources

1. Dr. Richard Gartner (KCL) Digital Asset Management- the pleasures and pitfalls of metadata

2. Matt Kibble (Bloomsbury) The product management role in planning and building digital resources

15:30-16:00 Refreshment break

16:00-17:15 SESSION FOUR Investment and sustainability

1. Dr. Paola Marchionni (Jisc) The end is the beginning: the challenges of digital resources post digitisation

2. Chris Cotton (Proquest) The benefits of public private partnerships in large-scale cultural and heritage digitisation

17:15-17:30 CONCLUDING REMARKS Anthony Watkinson

I enjoyed taking in a lecture on “Trust and Authority of Scholarly Resources” from Dr. Tenopir – the first time this data has been presented.  It is useful for understanding not only the information behavior of scientists, but the general public as well.  The question “who do you trust” will always loom large in public discourse.

Our course leader Anthony Watkinson, himself a former publisher and University College London lecturer, did a superb job putting together speakers.  In spite of the full slate of speakers and 19 graduate students, admittedly there might have been more in attendance.  Anthony felt he had promoted the event a bit late.  In all it was not bad for a first year on a week day with no free lunch!

Anthony did a big favor for the science data students in recruiting Dr. Fiona Murphy from Wiley Publishing to speak with us for an informal lunchtime talk on science data.  We also had one of the Pratt MLIS students come with us as she is interested in data science.

In preparation for the lunchtime meeting, Anthony sent a few key resources.  What I found most interesting was that Dr. Murphy had delivered a talk at the “Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe ” OpenAIRE/LIBER workshop on “Dealing with Data. What’s the Role for the library?

Dr. Murphy’s talk was entitled ‘Data Publication: a Publisher’s perspective’ and there are two ways of accessing it – see the presentation online <> or watch a video online <>.

From the description:

Fiona from Wiley spoke about what publishing data is all about: why it is important in terms of being cited and credited. The growing pressure funder mandates also plays a role.

Some things I found particularly interesting:

Charting the growth of open access – the number of papers published between 2000 and 2012 was under 5,00 for most papers, with exception of BMC, which broke 5000 in 2005, with other publications lingering well past the first half of the first decade of the new millennium.

Dr. Murphy also commented on what exactly a data article is:

A data article describes a dataset, giving details of its collection, processing, software, file formats etc, without the requirement of novel analyses or ground breaking conclusions. It allows the reader to understand the when, how and why data was collected and what the data-product is.

Example: Geoscience Data Journal

With an example data paper:

Some other links:

“Peer REview for Publication & Accreditation of Research Data in the Earth sciences (PREPARDE)” –

“The Research Data Alliance aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange”

It is probably worth subscribing to this mailing list <>

And a quote worth sharing:

Publishing an article without at the same time making the data/evidence available is scientific malpractice

Geoffrey Boulton

Dr. Murphy is on twitter:


And is a member of the “International Organization of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers” research data group  <> focused on “exchanging information on new initiatives about the integration of research publications and research data and 2) to discuss evolving best practices in this new area.”


About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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