Data citations in NCAR/UCAR
This document has been published as an NCAR Technical Note. The full citation to this document is:
Mayernik, M.S., M.D. Daniels, B. Dattore, E. Davis, K.M. Ginger, K.M. Kelly, M.R. Marlino, D. Middleton, J. Phillips, G. Strand, S.F. Williams, S. Worley, and M.J. Wright. 2012. Data citations within NCAR/UCP. NCAR Technical Note, NCAR/TN-492+STR. Boulder, CO: National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
Federal agencies, professional societies, and research organizations in the geo-sciences are moving towards requiring researchers to formally cite data that led to a given research result. This trend promotes transparency in research by offering a direct pathway to the data so the research can be validated or easily carried forward from a known starting point. Such “data citations” also raise the profile of data, that is, they promote data as being as valued and rewarded in scientific settings as peer-reviewed publications. This paper is the product of an inter-divisional working group created to study, promote, and implement citations to NCAR/UCP digital resources. The paper describes how citations to NCAR/UCP digital resources could make our research products more accessible, and provides a number of recommendations for creating citations and assigning web-accessible identifiers to digital resources.
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