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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Library Role in Data Curation

Open Letter to PLoS – Libraries Role in Data Curation

For signatories, see: | October 14, 2015

Dear editors of PLoS journals,
The community of research libraries is pleased to see that you have taken significant steps to support the archiving and sharing of datasets underlying published literature through your policy and guidelines on data availability. Treating data as essential records of scholarship is an important effort that impacts the utility of research findings and helps to ensure reproducible research. You’ve shown strong leadership by raising awareness on this issue. As librarians and information professionals, we firmly believe in preserving the scholarly record, in capturing and disseminating knowledge, and in supporting research and teaching efforts. Accordingly, we have been active in helping authors understand and comply with your new policies. [...]

A response to this letter was received from Dr. Emma Ganley, Chief Editor, PLoS Biology. It is summarized below:
“PLOS is very happy to work with data librarians on issues around Institutional Repositories that can help to improve their uptake among the community for data deposition where appropriate. An initial step to add wording to the PLOS website that lets authors know that Institutional Repositories may be used for data deposition (where structured repositories for data are not available) is already underway. A key next step will be to work together to determine some guidelines around the openness and licensing of Institutional Repositories, how they are maintained, their sustainability and whether content can be adequately cited. To this end, PLOS looks forward to adding some representatives from this Open Letter to an External Data Advisory Group that is currently being expanded within PLOS.”

<more at; related links: (Data Availability) and (PLOS Data Policy Prior to March 3, 2014)>

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