22 Jul

DEAL with Wiley

In January Wiley signed the first DEAL-contract. Since July 2019, reading access is now granted to participating institutions in Germany. This applies to all Wiley journal publications (at least) from 1997 on. See the list of Journals.

Furthermore, the read-and-publish contract includes advantages for authors: APCs for publishing Gold Open Access with Wiley are reduced, and the Publisher will arrange payment with the institution directly.

16 May

NFDI4Earth attends the NFDI Conference in Bonn

NFDI4Earth attended the first National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) conference organized by the DFG on 13/14. May 2019 in Bonn, thereby securing participation in the NFDI tendering procedure.

In order to be able to participate in the NFDI conference, a short project description in the form of an “extended abstract” was submitted to the DFG, which succinctly presents the basic ideas, background and goals of the project. Prof. Monika Sester, Prof. Lars Bernard and Roland Bertelmann introduced the planned NFDI4Earth consortium with a short presentation and a poster at the conference. Presentation slides and poster are linked on the NDFI4Earth website.

“The two-day meeting was endorsed by all participants as consistently positive,” writes the DFG in its detailed press release on the conference.

06 Mar

Slides from DGG annual meeting online

FID GEO organised a session at the annual meeting of DGG 2019 (Deutsche Geophysikalische Gesellschaft) about scientific publishing. Topics inlcuded the publication of research data, Open Access to texts, as well as publishing of older digitised works. Find the presentation slides below.

Forschungsdaten ‚Open and FAIR‘ publizieren
Andreas Hübner

Publizieren wissenschaftlicher Literatur im Open Access – Hintergrund und Praxis
Inke Achterberg

Publication and archiving of research data at the Geophysical Instrument Pool Potsdam (GIPP)
Gerard Munoz / slides availabe soon

Digitalisierungen und Open Access-Publikationen von Texten und Karten über den FID GEO: Fallbeispiel „Zeitschrift für Geophysik“ der DGG
Inke Achterberg

Open and FAIR data in seismology: state of the art and future perspectives
Angelo Strollo

24 Jan

NFDI Consortium „Earth System Research”

As part of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) Initiative of the Federal Council for Information Infrastructures (RfII), the NFDI4Earth community has been formed to meet the needs of Earth system research in the networking and harmonization of infrastructures, archives and services.

The envisioned NFDI Consortium “Earth System Research” (NFDI4Earth) forms the basis for identifying and articulating the needs of the community, linking existing infrastructures and managing and integrating new developments. At the same time, the consortium aims to jointly moderate and facilitate the cultural change due to the increasing digitization of research.

The first NFDI4Earth plenary meeting took place on 19.12.2018 at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) in Hamburg. The task was to indentify the key aspects and the main thrust of the future NFDI4Earth Consortium.

The most important result of the NFDI4Earth plenary meeting was the creation of 5 working groups, which will elaborate the structure and content of the application for an NDFI consortium until the 2nd NFDI4Earth plenary meeting on 21.2.2019 in Potsdam. In all, more than 40 colleagues from all the institutions represented at the workshop agreed to participate in the work in the individual working groups. The documentation of the NFDI4Earth plenary meeting is now available online.

11 Jan

Nature supports the Enabling FAIR Data initiative

From January 2019, the Journals Nature and Scientific Data will require that authors of papers in Earth sciences (and related space and environmental science fields) make supporting data available to others through community repositories where available. To support authors and incentivize data sharing, standardized research-data policies and the Research Data Helpdesk, which provides free advice on research-data policies and data repositories, are in place now. Read more about it here.

Publishers, geoscience societies/communities, datacenters support open and FAIR data

The requirement for data publishing is one of the commitments for publishers which are outlined in the Commitment Statement in the Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences that was signed now by Nature and Scientific Data. The statement was prepared by the ‘Enabling FAIR Data initiative in the Earth, space and environmental sciences’, a community-driven initiative that brings together a network of stakeholders who, through advocacy, policies, infrastructure and services to support data sharing, are working together to facilitate a shift towards open data becoming the default in the Earth sciences. Have a look at all signatories of the Commitment Statement.

07 Nov

Enabling FAIR Data in the Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences

With this claim, publishers, data repositories, scientific societies and institutions have come together in the Enabling FAIR Data coalition to improve the foundations for the handling of data that benefits the entire research community and, beyond that, the whole society. A set of guidelines and guidance has now been published with the aim of implementing the planned measures in one year. Key objectives include:

  • Data is no longer published as supplements to journals, but in data repositories
  • Data citations are executed with DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers)
  • Data citations in reference lists of the articles will be the standard

The initiative and its current findings are presented in a recently published article: Stall, S., et al. (2018), Advancing FAIR data in Earth, space, and environmental science, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO109301. 05th November 2018.


Additional Information

The following links provide further information and advice on the best practice of open and FAIR dealing with research data in the Earth, space and environmental sciences:

05 Oct

Data sharing made easier with Repository Finder

Funders and publishers increasingly require research data to be made available in appropriate repositories. But deciding which repository to choose or what counts as an “appropriate repository” can take a long time. Repository Finder, online since September 2018, helps to make this decision.

With Repository Finder, you can search for research data repositories that accept research data for publication in accordance with the FAIR Data Principles. These repositories are characterized by support for free access to research data and the use of persistent identifiers (e.g., DOI Digital Object Identifier). With the Repository Finder search function, you can use keywords (for example, “earth sciences” or “hydrology”) to find repositories for your discipline.

Repository Finder uses data from re3data.org, the worldwide directory of research data repositories. For more information about Repository Finder, read this blog post.

The FAIR principles address the conditions for a better dissemination and reuse of research data. FAIR stands for

  • Findability
  • Accessibility
  • Interoperability
  • Reusability

The implementation of the FAIR principles for research data in the geosciences is driven by initiatives such as the “COPDESS Statement of Commitment from Earth and Space Science Publishers and Data Facilities” and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) project “Enabling FAIR Data in the Earth and Space Sciences“.