[ESIP-all] Please review Draft ESIP Data Citation Guidelines

Mark A. Parsons parsonsm at nsidc.org
Thu Jul 21 19:40:57 EDT 2011

Hi all,

Creating a great data set can be a life’s work (consider Charles Keeling). Yet, scientists do not receive much recognition for creating rigorous, useful data. At the same time, in a post “climategate” world there is increased scrutiny on science and a greater need than ever to adhere to scientific principles of transparency and repeatability. The Council of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) asserts that the scientific community should recognize the value of data collection, preparation, and description and that data “publications” should “be credited and cited like the products of any other scientific activity.” Currently, however, authors rarely cite data formally in journal articles, and they often lack guidance on how data should be cited. The ESIP Federation Preservation and Stewardship Cluster has been working this issue for some time now. We started with a townhall meeting at AGU in 2009 and have had subsequent sessions at ESIP meetings and the GeoData2011 Conference as well as extensive e-mail and telecon discussion. 

We have written some draft citation guidelines that we believe address the vast majority of data citation scenarios. We have presented these guidelines in multiple fora, including two ESIP meetings, for feedback and believe they are pretty solid. Now we ask all interested ESIPers to please review these guidelines closely and send feedback directly to the wiki or to the Cluster (esip-preserve at lists.esipfed.org). We plan to finalize the guidelines this fall for submission to the ESIP Assembly for formal approval at the winter meeting, so please comment soon.

The guidelines are at: http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Interagency_Data_Stewardship/Citations/provider_guidelines

There is also an overview presentation on data citation at: ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/pub/ppp/conf_ppp/Parsons/How_to_Cite_an_Earth_Science_Data_Set.pdf



Mark A. Parsons
Lead Program Manager
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado, 449 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0449, USA
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