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“.

30 May

Bibliothekartag 2018

Together with FID Cartography and Basic Geodata and FID Montane, Mining and Metallurgy, FID GEO is holding a session at the 107th German Bibliothekartag. If you are interested, find us on Tuesday, June 12th 2018 at 16:00 to 17:30 in room 30341.

17 May

Workshop „Publication of Research Data“, GeoBonn 2018, 5 September

In order to discuss opportunities, benefits and challenges of publishing research data and to assist you in data publication, we are organizing this workshop on “Publishing Research Data in the Earth Sciences”.

GeoBonn 2018, 5 September, 2.30 – 4.30 pm. More information about the workshop.

Registration for the workshop is possible as part of Registration at GeoBonn 2018 or via Email to GeoBonn@fu-confirm.de. The number of participants is limited to 50.

24 Apr

Interactive overview map

Online freely available map sheets of the geological map 1 : 25.000 are now accessible from an interactive overview map on GEO-LEOe-docs. The overview map contains links to over 100 maps on GEO-LEOe-docs, as well as c. 900 maps on other websites. Furthermore, more than 500 map sheets which are in the public domain are shown. These can be suggested for digitization to FID GEO.

The digitization on demand is free of charge.

05 Apr

New article about FID GEO published in Bibliotheksdienst

The article “Der Fachinformationsdienst Geowissenschaften der festen Erde (FID GEO): Digitale Transformation und Open Access in den Geowissenschaften fördern” was published today in the journal Bibliotheksdienst.

Link to the article: https://doi.org/10.1515/bd-2018-0045

If you have not access to the fulltext of the article via the link above, please send us an Email (info@fidgeo.de), we will be pleased to send you one of our author copies. The article will be available open access six month after publication in Bibliotheksdienst on GEO-LEO e-docs.