[Esip-preserve] Harmonizing data citation guidelines

Alice Barkstrom alicebarkstrom at verizon.net
Wed Nov 11 08:52:45 EST 2009

I think it would be helpful to make sure to include the large EOS 
data centers and NOAA
in this survey, notably:
EROS Data Center (granted that's the USGS site), as well as the
NSIDC - covered below in part
I think these centers contain the preponderance of Earth science data 
(at least by data
volume).  Versioning is dealt with by the first two (MODIS and CERES, 
in particular) out
of necessity.

I also suspect that small "data sets" are the ones that take up the 
most time of data
center staff time for "cataloging", while the big "data sets" are 
relatively minor contributors
to this kind of task.

Good and useful work.  Thanks.

Bruce B.

At 10:49 AM 11/10/2009, Mark A. Parsons wrote:
>Hi all,
>I started reviewing the few data citation guidelines I was aware of 
>plus the several Bob Cook sent around a while back. Below is a quick 
>and dirty assessment.
>What other guidance is out there? How do they compare to these?
>      Detailed guidelines on how to construct a citation in the 
> manner of the Chicago Manual of Style. The idea is to provide all 
> the elements that any journal might require and to link to the data 
> unambiguously. It is very much geared toward collections rather 
> than specific files. It doesn't handle versions particularly well.
>      Doesn't include all the detail of IPY but follows the same 
> basic principles. More emphasis on the DOI. Includes a link to an 
> nice essay by Bob providing justification.
>Has a similar approach to IPY, but isn't as rigorous about dates 
>used. We have not yet adopted DOIs. We do not have publicly 
>published guidelines, but all data sets provide an example and request to cite.
>Pangaea: <http://www.pangaea.de/about/>http://www.pangaea.de/about/
>      Very much in line with IPY. Strong emphasis on DOI, which 
> leads them to wait until a data set has reached some level of 
> completeness before providing a citation. They tend to provide DOIs 
> for fairly small data sets, which other data centers might compile 
> into a larger collection. I believethis is an attempt to mediate 
> the versioning problem.
>      Under construction? I thought they used to have something.
>      A good exploration of the issues, but not specific guidelines 
> (calls for guidelines)
>      These folks are gears toward social science, but they have 
> something going on.  They have something called a universal 
> numerical fingerprint (UNF) that automatically changes whenever any 
> part of the data changes. It "is designed to persist even if 
> URLs--or the web itself--are replaced with something else.". They 
> also have an automated system to create a citation for a data set, i.e the UNF
>TDWIG:  <http://www.tdwg.org/standards/150/>http://www.tdwg.org/standards/150/
>      Not a citation approach, per se, but good, detailed guidelines 
> on the use of unique identifiers--the LSID in this case.
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