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

Ruth Duerr rduerr at nsidc.org
Wed Aug 12 17:00:40 EDT 2009

Hi Mark,

The AGU statement is very broad.  While we could co-sponsor a session  
with a similarly broad focus, it might be more practical to limit the  
session much as you suggest, though I think the session should address  
both producers and consumers of data.

How about a title like "Research, Publications, and Data: Practices to  
Ensure Verifiable Science" - I think such a title lends itself to that  
slightly broader focus and would allow discussion of identifiers in a  
more direct manner.  It's not a great title, so if someone else has  
something catchier that gets the point across, please suggest it!

Other than that, I think your general approach works for me.  Any  
other ideas?

- Ruth

On Aug 12, 2009, at 2:37 PM, Mark A. Parsons wrote:

> 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  
> publications."
> 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
> Cheers,
> -m.
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