(16 Nov 2021) Over 250 publishers, researchers, librarians, and research funders registered for the CHORUS Forum: Are We Ready for Data Citation Metrics held on 28 October 2021. This forum was co-hosted with the American Geophysical Union.
Shelley Stall, Senior Director for Data Leadership at AGU, kicked off a lively discussion by conveying the challenges around sharing and citing data and software which has been an area that many in the industry, including AGU, have been working on for over a decade. With today’s topic being a testament to the significant work done thus far and establishing the value of data and software as important contributions to the scientific record that can be reused to further our understanding of the world and provide transparency to our methods.
The scholarly ecosystem concerning data and software research products is actively working towards alignment but we are up against a deep-seated reward structure focused on peer-reviewed publications, explained Stall. Funds are limited for curators to help researchers make their data as interoperable as possible. With these challenging gaps, questions remain:
- How do we look at a dataset or software that has been shared to determine its contribution to the scholarly enterprise? What would that look like as part of promotion and tenure processes?
- How do we evaluate a well-prepared dataset that can be easily understood and interoperable, as being a quality measure as compared to a quantity measure provided by a citation count?
Here’s the summary of all presentations.
The full recording of the forum session is available on the event page as well as the individual presentations.