What do you do with your old research data? When I finished my final postdoctoral position a few years ago I had several gigabytes of data stored on various portable hard drives scattered around the lab. A large portion of this data consisted of high resolution confocal image stacks, 3D projections and single images which could demand up to 150MB in disc space each. Although we had also been storing our confocal data in a custom built lab database, much of it was still unpublished and the data was only visible to lab members. Even though I had published papers based on my data, the actual confocal image stacks and supplementary files were not in the public domain. (...) - by Jo Young, Journal Club 3.0, July 26, 2013
Love them or hate them, the annual release of the Thomson Reuters Impact Factors (IF) in the Journal Citations Report (JCR) never fails to generate a flurry of interest in researchers and publishers alike.
Pubmed is implementing a new function that enables researchers to share their thoughts about scientific publications. By allowing readers to comment and debate about specific papers publicly, PubMed Commons is trying to extend the peer-review of manuscripts after their publication. If successful, PubMed Commons will become a platform for scientific discussions that could foster constructive criticism and eventually improve published papers and science. (...) - Connected Researchers, November 4, 2013
A lot of figshare users use the platform to manage their research outputs privately in the cloud. We appreciate that it is not just about simply open or closed, but about control. Thus we are extending the control researchers have over their files stored on figshare. This means that now using figshare, any academic, for free can:
Store their research outputs privately.
Share their research outputs privately, with a selected number of other researchers.
Make their outputs openly available under the most liberal CC licenses.
When you log in you will notice two new areas next to "My data": Projects and Activity. The Projects tab allows you to create collaborative spaces and control who else has access to these spaces. You can just type in their name and add them to the space if they already have an account, or put in their email address so that they get a notification alerting them that they have been invited to collaborate. The activity stream allows researchers to keep track of who has viewed, commented, added notes to, or uploaded files to a collaborative space - adding a layer of transparency to collaborations. Users can also receive email notifications when this happens, if they so choose.
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