NISO meeting on Open Research Data Standards
I spent the day in Baltimore yesterday at the National Information Standards Organization. We discussed the role of standards in Research Data, with a large focus on Open Data (see meeting blog). The FriendFeed discussion is here. A publication will result from this and I'll link to it when available.
A lot of the discussion revolved around the citation of datasets. My own view (and something that Cameron Neylon champions as well) is that a good way to encourage sharing of data is to make saving datasets convenient and part of the researcher's workflow. I recommended 4 simple options:
- use the open JCAMP-DX format for XY datasets (e.g. spectra) and Robert Lancashire's JSpecView for easy manipulation in a browser
- use GoogleDocs
- use Google DataSets
- do Open Notebook Science using your favorite tool (we use Wikispaces)