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re3data.org and OpenAIRE sign MoU during Open Access Week; new re3data.org features

Last month, OpenAIRE (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) and re3data.org signed a Memorandum of Agreement to “work jointly to facilitate research data registration, discovery, access and re-use” in support of open science.  OpenAIRE is an infrastructure for open access that works to track and measure research output (originally designed to monitor EU funding activities).  re3data.org is an online listing of research data repositories.

re3data.org and OpenAIRE will exchange metadata in order for OpenAIRE to “integrate data repositories indexed in the re3data.org registry and in turn return information about usage statistics for datasets and inferred links between data and publications.”

For more information, see the OpenAIRE press release on the MoU.

In addition, re3data.org is now mentioned in Nature's Scientific data's deposition policy, which encourages the registration of repositories with the service, as well as a collaboration with BioSharing.

In addition, re3data.org has made other recent enhancements, including:

Now users can browse re3data.org repositories by:

  1. subject
  2. content type
  3. country

Furthermore, a re-designed the repository record now groups information into the categories of: general, institutions, terms, and standards.  They have added many more repositories in the past few months, so check it out!

The Denton Declaration: An Open Data Manifesto

On May 22, 2012 at the University of North Texas (UNT), a group of technologists, librarians, scholars, researchers, university administrators, and other stakeholders gathered to discuss and articulate best practices and emerging trends in research data management. This declaration bridges the converging interests of these stakeholders and promotes collaboration, transparency, and accountability across organizational and disciplinary boundaries. Declarations that emerged included the following:

  • Open access to research data is critical for advancing science, scholarship, and society.
  • Research data, when repurposed, has an accretive value.
  • Publicly funded research should be publicly available for public good.
  • Transparency in research is essential to sustain the public trust.
  • The validation of research data by the peer community is an essential function of the responsible conduct of research.
  • Managing research data is the responsibility of a broad community of stakeholders including researchers, funders, institutions, libraries, archivists, and the public.

For more information, see the web page of the Denton Declaration.

World Statistics Day

"On 20 October, 2010 [20.10.2010] the World will celebrate the first World Statistics Day, to raise awareness of the many achievements of official statistics premised on the core values of service, professionalism, and integrity."  For more information and resources, see:

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/wsd/

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