Margaret Henty is Senior Policy Advisor with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).
In practice, this means looking at all of those legal and policy issues which have an impact on data sharing and use, such as copyright, licensing, ethics, Gov 2.0, etc and keeping an eye on developments overseas.
ANDS is building the Australian Research Data Commons: a cohesive collection of research resources from all research institutions, to make better use of Australia’s research data outputs.
Tattoos are big business at the moment. People everywhere are adorning themselves with something to help make them feel a little more individual, something which belongs to them and no-one else.
Remapped back, from Kyle McDonald on Flickr
The data you create as part of your research can have its own tattoo, too. It’s called a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). You’re probably familiar with the concept of the DOI being attached to your journal articles. Now you can also attach them to your data. It is something like a tattoo for your body, an electronic tag for your dog, or an ISBN for your book.
You should tattoo your data for the same reasons you tattoo your body (and for some bonus reasons, too):
- It makes the data uniquely identifiable.
- You will always be identified as the creator of the data.
- Having a data tattoo means that your data can always be located with a simple web search.
- It means your data can be cited, whether by someone else or by you and any data citations can be added to journal citations.
- It means that usage of your data can be followed as others use and cite your data.
“So what?” I hear you ask. Well, changes are afoot in the research world, the kinds of changes which may well have an effect on the way reward structures in academe operate. Currently, merit in the academic world is recognised by virtue of research publications in the form of books or journal articles (or in some cases, creative works).
Other types of research output have barely, if ever, been recognised. This applies especially to research data, something which is routinely collected in the course of research and that forms the basis of all those publications. Is it valuable? Yes, it is, and not just to you.