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On the role of research data centres in the management of publication-related research data : results of a survey among scientific infrastructure service providers

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Vlaeminck, Sven; Wagner, Gert G.

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Abstract "This paper summarizes the findings of an analysis among scientific infrastructure service providers. These service providers have been evaluated in regard to their potential services for the management of publication-related research data. By conducting a desk research and an online survey, we found out that almost three quarters of all responding research data centres, archives and libraries generally store externally generated research data – what also applies to publication-related data. Almost 75% of all respondents also store and host the code of computation (the syntax of statistical analyses). If self-written software components have been used to generate research outputs, only 40% of all respondents accept these software components for storing and hosting. Eight in ten institutions also stated that they are taking specific actions for digital long-term preservation of their data. In regard to the documentation of stored and hosted research data almost 70% of all respondents claimed to use the metadata schema of the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI); Dublin Core was used by 30 percent (multiple answers were permitted). Almost two thirds also used persistent identifiers to facilitate citation of these datasets. Three in four respondents also stated to support researchers in creating metadata for their data. Application programming interfaces (APIs) for uploading or searching datasets currently have not been implemented by any of the respondents yet. Little widespread is the use of semantic technologies like RDF." [author's abstract]
Keywords service provider; data; research; management; online survey; documentation; library; archives; economic research; publication
Classification Research, Research Organization; Information and Documentation, Libraries, Archives; Information Management, Information Processes, Information Economics
Method evaluation
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
City Berlin
Page/Pages 15 p.
Series RatSWD Working Paper Series, 226
Status Published Version
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications
data provider This metadata entry was indexed by the Special Subject Collection Social Sciences, USB Cologne