[Esip-preserve] AGU Position statement on data preservation and a townhall meeting

Mark A. Parsons parsonsm at nsidc.org
Wed Aug 12 16:37:20 EDT 2009

Hi ESIP preservationists,

The AGU position statement on "The Importance of Long-term  
Preservation and Accessibility of Geophysical Data" was approved by  
the AGU Council last spring and is available at http://www.agu.org/outreach/science_policy/positions/geodata.shtml

Note the last sentence in the fifth paragraph:
"The scientific community should recognize the professional value of  
such [data production] activities by endorsing the concept of  
publication of data, to be credited and cited like the products of any  
other scientific activity, and encouraging peer-review of such  

Bernard Minster (copied), chair of the panel that wrote the new  
position statement, likes the idea of a townhall meeting, and I  
believe would be willing to coconvene with us. I'm happy to help too.

The task now is to draft an abstract. I'm willing to take a first  
crack, if y'all agree the topic. I suggest  something like "Research  
publication and data referencing practices to ensure verifiable  
science, sponsored by the AGU Data Panel and the ESIP Preservation and  
Stewardship Cluster"

Perhaps, Bernard could introduce the position statement. Rob or Ruth  
could speak on ESIP approaches/best practices (including the work on  
identifiers). I could then moderate a discussion.

Let me know what y'all think?

Finally, I note that the International Polar Year developed some data  
citation guidelines that may be useful: http://ipydis.org/data/citations.html



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