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

Parsons, Mark parsom3 at rpi.edu
Fri Nov 1 13:56:05 EDT 2019

I totally agree, Mercury. (Don’t get me started on the publishing industry). I just wanted to give credit to one small program (NSF Arctic) that is doing the right thing, and that other agencies and programs should follow its lead.



> On 1 Nov 2019, at 11:52, Mercury Fox <ceds at email.arizona.edu> wrote:
> 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!
> -Mercury
> 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
> https://ceds.arizona.edu
> https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0726-7301

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