[CODATA-international] Crowdsourcing a collection of papers with Sustainable Development Goals

BOULTON Geoffrey Geoff.Boulton at ed.ac.uk
Sat Aug 22 05:05:40 EDT 2020

We, as members of the international science community, should be wary of supporting an initiative led by a company that has effectively privatised the results of much publicly-funded science and inhabited access to it by scientists and citizens. That this should happen in things as profoundly important as the SDGs is doubly worrying. CODATA should think carefully before acting as the technology companies do, by providing a platform for material for which they claim no responsibility.

Imagine how the novel capabilities offered by the digital revolution could have been harnessed to disseminate science more efficiently and effectively to the global good, rather than to the benefit of the commercial publishers private investors. A priority for science is to rescue this potential and to embed it in the hands of scientists.

 Geoffrey Boulton
Past-President of CODATA

On 19 Aug 2020, at 18:36, Dewaard, Anita (ELS-HBE) <A.dewaard at elsevier.com<mailto:A.dewaard at elsevier.com>> wrote:

Five years ago, the UN General Assembly set forth 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) designed to pave the path to a more sustainable future. The goals are measured against various targets and indicators to be achieved by 2030. To make the best decision on which research to fund, program evaluators must have a clear view of the landscape of research supporting the SDGs. This understanding can reveal gaps requiring additional funding and support.

To identify the relevant research for each SDG, the RELX Corporate Responsibility program and several Elsevier Data Scientists have developed a crowdsourcing platform to facilitate matching research publications to the relevant SDGs. The purpose of this work is to create an open knowledge base to help identify which research supports which SDG. The aggregated crowdsourced set of article identifiers matched to SDG’s will be made available through Elsevier’s ICSR Lab, to support the scholarly community.

We hereby invite all community members to support this effort, by doing the following:

  1.  Access the SDG matching tool on the RELX SDG Resource Centre: https://sdgresources.relx.com/match-research-to-sdgs
  2.  Select a paper from the list, or upload a paper you think is related to one of the SDG’s
  3.  Choose the SDG indicators related to the paper.

The full set of article identifiers related to SDG’s will be made available for research purposes through the ICSR. You can apply for access to ICSR Lab:https://www.elsevier.com/icsr/icsrlab

For more on the RELX SDG Resource Center, see: https://www.elsevier.com/connect/7-ways-you-can-use-our-sdg-resource-centre

For more information on the RELX SDG efforts, please contact Bamini Jayabalasingham, b.jayabalasingham at elsevier.com<mailto:b.jayabalasingham at elsevier.com>

With kind regards,


Anita de Waard (she/her<https://www.mypronouns.org/what-and-why>)
Vice President of Research Collaborations
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