Data Management

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Data Management

There are several important issues related to data management that share relevance to publishers, editors and librarians, including:

  • The increasing amount of supplemental material now being submitted in support of articles.  We are witnessing a growing tendency by authors to delegate, either implicitly or explicitly, to publishers the responsibility for sharing the data associated with their published articles. Subtopics under this include:
    • Lack of peer review for supplemental data
    • Uneven expectations and standards for submission of supplemental data
    • Commitment of publishers to long-term hosting of supplemental data
    • Indexing and searching supplemental data; data mining
    • Copyrights and property rights associated with supplemental data
  • Linking from published articles to data stored within institutional data repositories.
  • Receiving credit as an author for shared data used by others and how best to cite shared data so it can be tracked and analyzed like traditional article citations.
  • Establishing common ontologies and/or data dictionaries for describing published shared data.
  • The potential roles of commercial publishers and libraries in establishing, hosting and managing data repositories.


All parties, publishers, editors and librarians, have a vested interest in seeing these issues addressed in order to ensure clarity and consistency for authors and establish guidelines for data management responsibility among publishers, libraries, and authors.  The Chicago Collaborative is well positioned to begin a dialog on these issues that can serve as a communication tool for educating the various stakeholders.


We want to hear what you think about these issues as well as any others that you think are relevant.  Feel free to comment!

(Thanks to Paul Schoening for creating this forum)


RESOURCES that may serve as a starting point to learn more about these issues are provided below.


Schriger, et al. Use of the internet by print medical journals in 2003 to 2009:A longitudinal observational study. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Volume 57, Issue 2, February 2011, Pages 153-160.e3.

(Includes a discussion of the growth of supplementary materials in a sample of medical journals.)


Anderson, et al. On the persistence of supplementary resources in biomedical publications. BMC Bionformatics. 2006, 7:260.


Information Standards Quarterly


NISO/NFAIS Supplemental Journal Article Materials Project


Supplemental Journal Article Materials Thought Leader Meeting


20 May 2012. Council of Science Editors 2012 Annual Meeting: Supplemental Information: Who’s Doing What and Why, Alexander (‘Sasha’) Schwarzman (includes a graph showing the increase in supplemental materials in The Journal of Clinical Investigation)


The Scientist: Supplemental or Detrimental?


Research Remix: Refs on Supplementary Material


D-Lib Magazine. Volume 17, Number 1/2, January/February 2012. (special issue on data management)


Simon, N.  Implementing DOIs for Research Data.  D-Lib Magazine.  Volume 18, Number 5/6, May/June 2012.


e-Science Portal for New England Librarians: a librarian’s link to e-Science resources.  Data Support Services


DataCite: Helping you to find, access, and reuse data.


California Digital Library.  Data management plans and DMPTool.


University of Utah Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, 2012 Mayden Lecture "eScience and the Evolution of Library Services"




Please contribute your thoughts!
The Chicago Collaborative wants to hear what you think about these issues as well as any others that you think are relevant.  Feel free to comment!

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