[LINK] Is the Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index Worth Paying For?
tom.worthington at tomw.net.au
Wed Nov 21 12:21:19 AEDT 2012
Greetings from the Hancock Learning Commons at the Australian National
University in Canberra, where I am attending a presentation on the
Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index:
This attempts to add data to the traditional papers and books which
academics get credit for producing. Thomson Reuters' offering was
released a few weeks ago and ANU has been trying it out. Initially there
were 2 million records in 69 repositories, including the Australian Data
Archive (ADA): http://www.ada.edu.au/
About half the current contents are from the USA, 42% from Europe. About
half is from the life sciences.
What was not clear to me is what benefit the academic and research
community gain by using Thomson Reuters' service. Presumably Thomson
Reuters will charge money for use of their service. The information
being indexed is almost all free open access material paid for by the
public. It is not clear why academics should then pay Thomson Reuters
for accessing free information.
The Australian Government funded Australian National Data Service the
Australian Research Data Commons and similar free open access
repositories are being linked up around the world:
If Thomson Reuters can add value to this, then the benefits they are
offering need to be compared with what they propose to charge and a
decision made if this investment is in the public interest. It may not
be a good use of public money for each university in Australia
individually buy a subscription from Thomson Reuters.
Thomson Reuters collect up the metadata provided by repositories around
the world and provide a global search facility to subscribers. The same
service could be provided by others by harvesting this metadata.
The other service which is likely to be of more interest to academics,
is that they harvest the citations of the datasets. Academics get hired
and promoted partly on how many times their work is mentioned (cited) in
published work. It is now possible to cite a dataset in the same way as
publications, such as using APA. This will then increase the academics'
citation ranking. If a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is used, this
makes the collection of the citations relatively easy:
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