[CODATA-international] October 2019: Publications in the Data Science Journal

Mercury Fox ceds at email.arizona.edu
Fri Nov 1 13:52:05 EDT 2019

Thanks, Mark--that's a great point.  That program's open data policy
is stated in the DCL
(https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16055/nsf16055.jsp), which also
states that the policy is a requirement of international treaty, which
probably provides some context for the political will behind the
policy in this case.  My point is that this kind of clear policy
directive shouldn't be a one-off.

And since I'm on a soap box about it, I also don't think it's
acceptable for NSF & c. to expect the scientific community to simply
shift norms and practices in this regard, when the federal funding
agencies are unwilling to change the institutional conditions that
drive those norms.

And another thing... I also think it's inappropriate for them to pass
their oversight and quality control duties to the publishing industry,
which is basically a roadmap for corruption.  I'm not pointing fingers
at any specific publisher or agency; but publishers should be partners
in the research ecosystem, not gatekeepers who determine what gets in
and what stays out of the sphere of public knowledge.

OK, that's all the rant I have left in me for today.  Thanks everybody
and have a great weekend!


On 11/1/19, Parsons, Mark <parsom3 at rpi.edu> wrote:
> On 1 Nov 2019, at 10:04, Mercury Fox
> <ceds at email.arizona.edu<mailto:ceds at email.arizona.edu>> wrote:
> they could change the norm overnight by simply tying the policy
> to the award and requiring open data as a deliverable.
> For the record, the NSF Arctic Program does just that, and they follow up
> and do QC, AND they fund an archive to make it possible.
> cheers,
> -m.

Merc Fox
Director, CODATA-UA Center of Excellence in Data for Society
Data7 + iSchool
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ  85721



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