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1 Access to non-textual information 2008 Jan Brase IDF Open Meeting: Resource Access for a Digital World June 17th, 2008, Brussels

2 Access ton non-textual information >The challenge for libraries - Example data

3 Problem: The research trajectory analysed synthesised interpreted are becomeInformation is published becomesKnowledge Publication … is accessible … is traceable … is lost!Data

4 This leads to… >… unnecessary duplication of research efforts >The verification of results becomes difficult >Large amounts of research funds are spent every year, while already existing data remain underutilised

5 A possible solution >Creation of new and strenghtening of existing data centers. >Global access to data sets and their metadata through existing catalogues. >By the use of persistent identifiers

6 Results >Citability of primary data >High visability of the data >Easy re-use and verification of the data sets. >Scientific reputation for the collection and documentation of data (Citation Index) >Accepting the rules of good scientific practice >Avoiding duplications >Motivation for new research

7 >What the DOI System Can Do to Help

8 Project The German Research Foundation (DFG) has started the project Publication and Citation of Scientific Primary Data to increase the accessibility of scientific primary data, starting with the field of earth science. The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) is now established as a non- commercial DOI-registration agency for scientific primary data as a member of the International DOI Foundation (IDF).

9 Data and article >The DOI system offers an easy way to connect the article with the underlying data: The dataset: G.Yancheva,. R Nowaczyk et al (2007) Rock magnetism and X-ray flourescence spectrometry analyses on sediment cores of the Lake Huguang Maar, Southeast China, PANGAEA doi: /PANGAEA Is cited in the article: G. Ycheva, N. R. Nowaczyk et al (2007) Influence of the intertropical convergence zone on the East Asian monsoon Nature 445, doi: /nature05431












21 Scope The TIB registers primary data worldwide from a scientific, technical or medical background. Furthermore TIB registers any scientific or technical content that is a result of community funded research in Europe. So far over 550,000 information objects have received a DOI name. The storage, maintaining and evaluation of the contents lies with the content providers (institutions, data centers, …) the data centers

22 >Content providers, Data centers >Who are responsible for: >Quality assurance >Storage of the content and accessibility >Creation of metadata >The DOI registration can be included into the Workflow of the data centers >The TIB stores the metadata and keeps it searchable.

23 >It is not only data

24 Non-textual infomation >Scientific information nowadays can be found in many different forms >Data >Tables >Pictures >Slides >Movies >Source code >…>… >Why not access all of them through existing library catalogues?

25 >Access through the catalague does no longer also imply storage of the content … >… but knowing where to persistently find it. >The catalogue as a portal, based in a network of trusted content providers >WIth persistent linking to the information objects


27 Examples of DOIs for scientific content >doi: /eaacinet2007/CR/ in cooperation with EAACI and ESR over Case studiesdoi: /eaacinet2007/CR/ >doi: /EGPGV/EGPGV06/ in cooperation with European Association for Computer Graphics (Eurographics) over articlesdoi: /EGPGV/EGPGV06/ >doi: / Together with the project eBank of UK Office for Library Networking we assigned DOI names for crystal structures.doi: / >doi: /CERN-THESIS DOI names for Cern thesesdoi: /CERN-THESIS >doi: / DOI names for final reports of projects funded by the German governmentdoi: / >doi: /iwf/C over DOI names for short scientific movie clipsdoi: /iwf/C-11493

28 >The future

29 Possible Cooperation >So far the TIB is a DOI registration agency for primary data (and other non-commercial scientific information) with other local institutions as its customers. >In 1999 the publishers funded their independent DOI agency CrossReff >In 2008/2009 TIB plans to transit the DOI registration to a new worldwide agency, funded by local information institutes and libraries.

30 Opportunities >Easy and cheap access to the DOI system for non-commercial information institutes and libraries worldwide. >No customer relation with a foreign library, but partnership in a new organisation. Integration of the DOI registration and DOI system into the local infrastructure.

31 Partners I So far TIB has signed agreement with: >ETH Zürich Library, Switzerland >LInstitut de lInformation Scientifique et Technique (INIST), France >Always open for other institutions

32 Partners II >In 2008 the Technical Activities Coordinating Committee (TACC) of ICSTI has started the project: >Numeric Data: Citation Techniques and Integration with Text >Partners so far: >TIB, >CISTI (Canada) >DOE-OSTI (USA) >CODATA

33 >Thank you! >Any questions?

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