About and aims
The PREPARDE project captured the processes and procedures required to publish a research dataset - ranging from ingestion into a data repository to formal publication in a data journal. To do this we developed workflows for a new open access Geoscience Data Journal published by project partners Wiley and the Royal Meteorological Society.
In this way we addressed key issues arising in the data publication paradigm across disciplines including dataset peer-review, data quality and assurance and investigating how datasets and journal publications can be linked for the benefit of the wider research community.
PREPARDE was a 12-month Jisc-funded project (one of three projects in the Innovative Research Data Publication strand) to:
- capture and manage the workflows required to operate the Geoscience Data Journal - from submission of a new data paper and dataset, to review and publication.
- develop the procedures and policies for authors, reviewers and editors to facilitate the acceptance of data papers for publication by the Geoscience Data Journal. This will focus on guidelines for scientific reviewers who will review the datasets.
- incorporate technical developments at the point of submission including data visualisation checks and interface improvements in order to enhance the resulting data publications.
- place procedures for lightweight data papers in the California Digital Library.
- interact with the wider scientific and data community in order to provide recommendations on accreditation requirements for data repositories.
- engage the user and stakeholder community to promote long-term sustainability and governance of data journals.
Dr Jonathan Tedds
Department of Population Health Sciences
University of Leicester
Centre for Medicine