ejournals@cambridge asks Yvonne Nobis (Librarian, Central Science Library and Moore Library) what the Data Citation Index will mean to Cambridge

ejournals@cambridge: Why would you support the Data Citation Index as a new subscription in Cambridge?

YN: I believe that the Data Citation Index will be a vitally important tool for researchers and those working in research support across all disciplines, but most particularly in the sciences.

ejournals@cambridge: What is different about the DCI and why is it important?

YN: The Data Citation Index provides seamless access to research data that has been harvested from repositories world wide. This enables researchers to locate information that may be directly pertinent to their research but was previously hidden, as there is no effective way of knowing what may be in an institutional or subject specific repository. It should be noted that often those from outside a domain may be interested in data produced elsewhere, and which is available in a subject based repository, but lack the necessary domain expertise to retrieve it. The DCI has a completely novel approach to harvesting research data material such as research datasets themselves, and currently over 2 million datasets and databases are fully searchable via the Data Citation Index.

ejournals@cambridge: How do you foresee the DCI being used in Cambridge?

YN: Alongside enabling researchers to locate primary source material which they may otherwise be unaware of and aiding interdisciplinary research by making such material discoverable, the Data Citation Index assists researchers who wish to track the impact of their research. This latter factor is becoming increasingly important with the growth of new models for attributing credit for scientific research (for example, altmetrics) where models of judging (in particular scientific) impact are attempting to ‘crowdsource’ peer review. In this environment the sharing (and discoverability) of “raw science ” such as datasets is increasingly crucial. Material which is located by a search in the DCI is linked to related peer-reviewed literature indexed in the main Web of Science database.

ejournals@cambridge: So you are pleased to be offering the DCI to Cambridge researchers?

YN: I would argue that by subscribing to the Data Citation Index we are providing a critical service for our users in the research community – both by helping them locate material and making their raw data (and hence the credit attributable for it) available to the world.

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