Heidorn writes that “scholars are unaware of the coming changes in the sociology of science.” So in addition to “retraining” themselves to curate, preserve, and provide access to data, librarians — as key stakeholders in the information ecology — will need to educate students and researchers about data management. This seems a tall order. But maybe the best approach is to see open data as an opportunity to prove the library’s relevance.
On knowing “relatively little about current data management practices of scholars,” the publisher Wiley this week released an infographic that summarizes survey results about researchers’ perspectives on data-sharing practices, attitudes, and motivations.
The top two reasons researchers don’t share: concerns about intellectual property and no mandate to do so. But the culture is changing. MegaJournal PLOS as well as other publishers now require authors to deposit data underlying research from their papers in a public repository. And funders want to see the impact of their dollars. DataCite, which assigns DOIs to datasets, and Thomson Reuters with their new Data Citation Index will enable them to track influence.