The provision of links between text and data promotes accountability, and allows for better access to and re-use of data, reducing duplication of efforts.
There has been much discussion about open data. Providing a link between a journal article or other academic output and the data from which the information is drawn allows readers to access data sources, explore the data, and in some cases reuse the data for their own research. This creates better accountability and reduces duplication of efforts, while sharing knowledge with others. Appropriate licensing may be necessary in order to deal with some of the issues surrounding open data.
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Klump, J., Wächter, J. & the STD-DOI Consortium. (2004). Open Access to data and the ‘Berlin Declaration’. Proceedings for the 19th International CODATA Conference. Berlin, Germany, 7-10 November. http://www.codata.org/04conf/papers/Klump-paper.pdf
Open Data Commons.
Open Data Foundation.
Neylon, C. and Wu, S. (2009). ‘Open Science: tools, approaches, and implications’. Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing, 14, 540-544. http://psb.stanford.edu/psb-online/proceedings/psb09/workshop-opensci.pdf