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UCís California Digital Library Launches DataCite Archive for Research Data

Data sets are often the building blocks of scholarship and research in the sciences and humanities. Scholars and archivists recognize the potential for increasing collaboration and synthesis when data are archived, published, and shared, forging the possibility for new discoveries built upon the research of others.

To facilitate the sharing of data sets, the University of California's California Digital Library (CDL) has become a founding member of the international DataCite consortium, a group of 12 leading academic and scientific memory institutions worldwide, providing data publishing opportunities for researchers lacking appropriate publication channels and incentives for their data sets.

DataCite ( offers an easy way to connect an article published in a scholarly journal with the underlying data and allows authors to take control of the management and distribution of their research. Additionally, DataCite provides the means for researchers to share and get credit for data sets; establish easier access to research data; increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record; and to support data archiving that permits results to be verified and re-purposed for future study.

A pragmatic first step toward managing, or "curating," data is to register the existence of data sets publicly and permanently. Mirroring accepted publishing practice, DataCite's services make it easy for data producers to obtain permanent catalog records and persistent identifiers that are visible through familiar mechanisms, such as library systems, CrossRef, and search engines.

The University of California (UC) community produces an enormous body of research data-unfortunately, often inaccessible and at-risk, stored on local servers in individual departments. Within the CDL, responsibility for DataCite activities rests with the UC Curation Center.

In addition to the CDL, the DataCite consortium includes the German National Library of Science and Technology, The British Library, the ETH Zurich Library, the French Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, the National Technical Information Center of Denmark, the Dutch TU Delft Library, Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, the Australian National Data Service, and Purdue University.

Source: California Digital Library

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