Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione     
Candela L., Castelli D., Manghi P., Callaghan S., (eds.) .. On research data publishing. In: International Journal on Digital Libraries. Editorial, vol. 18 (2) pp. 73 - 75. Springer, 2017.
Data publishing is a practice where data are made public so that they can be reused by others, in accordance with associated policies, while guaranteeing that data provenance and attribution are tracked. There is not yet a general agreement on the importance of, and on the solutions for, data publishing. While in some communities it has already solidified into codified policies, procedures and workflows, in others its motivations and realization shapes are still controversial. In the reality, it is a multifaceted process that can occur at different stages of the scientific process, involves different levels of openness and controlled sharing and concerns data products at various levels of manipulation and maturity. There are two major schools of thought governing the approaches supporting data publishing, those aiming at exploiting scholarly communication practices (e.g., data journals) and those proposing services and infrastructures for the dissemination of these artefacts (e.g., data repositories). At the light of this wide range of possibilities, the data publishing process has to be analysed also from the new perspectives opened up by the availability of innovative technologies to understand if, and to what extent, it can/should be rethought. The further development of data publishing requires a critical and in-depth analysis of the approaches so far developed by the different communities in order to identify the aspects actually facilitating data publishing, to distil best practices and promote solutions that enable effective cross-domain reuse of published data. The goal of this special issue was to collect the concrete experiences and initiatives that have been developed to deal with the challenging, multifaceted and ever evolving issue of research data publishing.
URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00799-017-0213-y
DOI: 10.1007/s00799-017-0213-y
Subject Research Data
Data Publishing
H.3.5 INFORMATION STORAGE AND RETRIEVAL. Online Information Services

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