Journal editors, domain repository representatives to gather for meetings on standards and sustainable models for data sharing

The meetings are funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to promote standardized data citation and open access to data

Spring 2013

By Dan Meisler
ICPSR Editor

As part of a grant award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, ICPSR is convening meetings with peer-reviewed social science journal editors and representatives from domain-specific data repositories to discuss data citation standards, access to research data and sustainable funding models.

The first meeting, involving editors of social science journals, will address standards for citing datasets in published articles and research transparency.

At the second meeting, officials from data repositories from various fields will discuss standards and sustainable funding models for data sharing, especially in light of the recently announced rules from the Obama administration requiring open access to federally funded datasets.

"By convening meetings of stakeholders on these interrelated topics, we hope to facilitate rich discussion and spur new thinking about ways we can work together to advance the practice of responsible, effective, and sustainable sharing of research data," said ICPSR Director George Alter.

At the meeting of domain repositories, more than half a dozen fields of study will be represented. They include:

  • Cultural Policy and the Arts
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Nature and Human Activity Interactions
  • Developmental Science
  • Astronomy
  • Oncology
  • Public Opinion Data
  • Population and theEnvironment
  • For the journal editors meeting, the following fields will be represented:
  • Sociology
  • Political Science
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Psychology

The meetings will be held in June in Ann Arbor.

Alter, ICPSR Assistant Director Mary Vardigan, Research Area Specialist Russel Hathaway, and Assistant Librarian Elizabeth Moss are working on the project.

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