I wanted to share the announcement of this recent report from the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information (which I currently co-chair) covering data citation and attribution. This report, based on a workshop held in August 2011 in Berkeley, California, is particularly useful because it looks at the issues broadly and analytically, as opposed to simply describing and advocating for one of the specific solutions that are currently being advanced.
We are pleased to transmit to you the final report of a Board on Research Data and Information project: For Attribution-Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards, which explored how to assign credit for data (attribution) and how to reference data (citation) in ways that others can identify, discover, and retrieve them. Among the questions explored were: what approaches are generic across disciplines and what practices are field-specific; what are the major scientific, technical, institutional, financial, legal, and socio-cultural issues that need to be considered; and what are some of the options for the successful development and implementation of data citation practices and standards?
The report is available freely electronically at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13564 . Additional information about the background of this project is available on the Board’s website at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/brdi/PGA_063656 .
Please feel free to pass this information along to others who may be interested. Questions or comments about the project may be directed to my attention at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul F. Uhlir
Board on Research Data and Information