Today’s interview is with an organization that is very close to my heart! I first started to engage with DataCite while I was at ORCID, including working with them and other persistent identifier (PID) organizations on PIDapalooza, one of the most fun and productive industry events ever (in my totally unbiased opinion!). I’ve stayed involved with DataCite since leaving ORCID, including as a member of the DataCite Community Engagement Steering Group, one of the groups that has helped shape their next three-year strategic plan. It’s with that hat on that I invited their Executive Director, Matt Buys; Community Engagement Director, Helena Cousijn; and Outreach Manager, Paul Vierkant to tell The Scholarly Kitchen readers a bit about DataCite’s evolution, values, and goals.
We are delighted to share this terrific Scholarly Kitchen interview about the important work of DataCite. The sharing of data needs to be a core component of the design and conduct of quality research. The citation of shared data is one way to encourage more sharing. This item includes some very helpful links. We have included links to 14 related items.
DataCite is a global not-for-profit membership organization that provides open infrastructure to identify, find, cite, connect, and use research. DataCite was founded in 2009 to make research data citable in the literature using digital object identifiers (DOIs), thereby providing an incentive for researchers to share their data. Since then, a lot of work has gone into making the magic of data citation happen. Initiatives such as the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles and FAIR data principles, and collaborations in the context of Make Data Count, the Research Data Alliance, FORCE11, and the Enabling FAIR data project have played a big role in the implementation of data sharing and data citation.
Helping organizations share their data remains an important focus for us, but over the years we have moved beyond just data. It is increasingly recognized that all different types of research outputs are needed to replicate and reuse research, and DataCite provides infrastructure to facilitate that. As a global organization working with around 1,100 other organizations around the world, we now provide persistent identifiers (PIDs) and the associated metadata for a range of research outputs and resources, which include software, workflows, samples, data management plans (DMPs), and a range of text documents. Our members inform us about the needs in their communities and help us identify and expand into new areas where DataCite services are needed.