Scientific Data launches with first Data Descriptors

(27 May 2014) Open access publication Scientific Data has launched online today, publishing its first eight Data Descriptors across fields including neuroscience, ecology and epidemiology. Scientific Data is the latest open research initiative from Nature Publishing Group.

Data Descriptors, Scientific Data’s article type, are peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets, designed to maximize reuse and enable searching, linking and data mining.

Sam Burridge, Managing Director Open Research Nature Publishing Group said: “The content we’re publishing today ranges from the Data Descriptor for a citizen science project chronicling global reef fish communities, to a descriptor for the most comprehensive database of confirmed human dengue infection to date. It is our hope Scientific Data will enable academics to make their research data more discoverable, reusable, citable and reproducible.”

Read the detailed press release here.