Data Citation Standard: A Means to Support Data Sharing, Attribution, and Traceability
1 International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, ESM Program, Austria
2 Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and Seismological Laboratory, University of Nevada, Reno, Mail Stop 178, Reno, NV 89557, USA
3 National Research Council - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, Italy
An important incentive for scientists and researchers is the recognition and renown given to them in citations of their work. While citation rules are well developed for the use of papers published by others, very little rules are available for the citation of data made available by others. Increasingly, citation of the source of data is also requested in the context of socially relevant topics, such as climate change and its potential impacts. Providing means for data citation would be a strong incentive for data sharing. Georeferenced data are crucial for addressing many of the burning societal problems and to support related interdisciplinary research. The lack of a widely accepted method for giving credit to those who make their data freely available and for tracking the use of data throughout their life-cycle hampers data sharing. Furthermore, only clear and transparent data citation allows other scientists to obtain the identical data to replicate findings or for further research.
Key words: data citation / GEOSS / GEO
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