Extended Task Sheet:

Individual contributions:

GEO Task ST-09-02: Promoting Awareness and Benefits of GEO

Activity 2.1: GEOSS Data Citation Standard

Version 1: process in GEO

The Version 1 of the Standard has been discussed during the 22nd Meeting of the ExCom. Excerpt from the draft report of the 22nd Meeting of the GEO ExCom:


Mr Cripe presented the report on behalf of the co-chairs of the four GEO committees. He highlighted the Science and Technology Committee’s request to the Executive Committee that it take note of work on a data citation standard that the STC has been developing based on the model used for datasets generated under the International Polar Year research program. The STC plans to invite comments on the standard from the other committees at the September co-located meetings and would then like to present the concept to Plenary in Istanbul.

Brazil stated his view that this work was not limited to GEOSS and did not need to be carried out by GEO. Australia said that it could be a good thing and would add value if GEO became a catalyst for a standard that was broadly used, including outside of GEOSS. The United States appreciated the concept being presented and suggested that the work of ICSU and others on this topic be fully reviewed and incorporated; given the crowded agenda for GEO-VIII it would be best to delay action and take more time to consider the best approach. Germany confirmed that the proposal built directly on the work of ICSU and others and said that GEO could have a coordinating role; it could promote the concept and in this way add value to it. Japan said the data citation issue is particularly important for scientists who want recognition for the datasets contributed to GEOSS.

The Secretariat Director agreed that the issue may not be sufficiently mature for the next meeting of the Plenary. ICSU and other GEO Participating Organizations were working on it and GEO should follow the issue.

The Chair concluded that the issue of a citation standard was of interest but should be addressed at a later date.

Developing the Version 2

There are several groups and organizations that should be involved in the development of the Version 2. These include:

Meetings relevant to the citation standards include:

Relevant mails and dialogs

Subject: Re: [ESIP-all] Please review Draft ESIP Data Citation Guidelines Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 08:38:18 -0600 From: Mark A. Parsons To: esip-all@rtpnet.org

Hi all,

Data citation is getting increasing attention. The National Academy of Sciences has established a committee to explore the issue and develop recommendations on the topic. They are hosting a symposium next week and they have invited me to speak on the developing ESIP Guidelines. So I just wanted to send a little reminder that we are still open for comments on these guidelines. Thanks greatly to those who have already commented.



On 21 Jul 2011, at 5:40 PM, Mark A. Parsons wrote:

Creating a great data set can be a life’s work (consider Charles Keeling). Yet, scientists do not receive much recognition for creating rigorous, useful data. At the same time, in a post “climategate” world there is increased scrutiny on science and a greater need than ever to adhere to scientific principles of transparency and repeatability. The Council of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) asserts that the scientific community should recognize the value of data collection, preparation, and description and that data “publications” should “be credited and cited like the products of any other scientific activity.” Currently, however, authors rarely cite data formally in journal articles, and they often lack guidance on how data should be cited. The ESIP Federation Preservation and Stewardship Cluster has been working this issue for some time now. We started with a townhall meeting at AGU in 2009 and have had subsequent sessions at ESIP meetings and the GeoData2011 Conference as well as extensive e-mail and telecon discussion.

We have written some draft citation guidelines that we believe address the vast majority of data citation scenarios. We have presented these guidelines in multiple fora, including two ESIP meetings, for feedback and believe they are pretty solid. Now we ask all interested ESIPers to please review these guidelines closely and send feedback directly to the wiki or to the Cluster (esip-preserve@lists.esipfed.org). We plan to finalize the guidelines this fall for submission to the ESIP Assembly for formal approval at the winter meeting, so please comment soon.

The guidelines are at: http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Interagency_Data_Stewardship/Citations/provider_guidelines

There is also an overview presentation on data citation at: ftp://sidads.colorado.edu/pub/ppp/conf_ppp/Parsons/How_to_Cite_an_Earth_Science_Data_Set.pdf

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