The Alexandria Archive Institute has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for the project Toward Data Sharing as Publication: Establishing Editorial Policies and Workflows around Scientific Data Dissemination. The grant supports the development of editorial workflows to help make sharing scientific data valuable for both data contributors and data users. The project uses an approach that adapts familiar patterns of scientific publication to meet the particular needs of sharing structured analytic data. The AAI believes that adherence to familiar processes will help increase the rate of adoption of data publication and professional recognition of scientific data dissemination.
This work will be demonstrated in Open Context, with a primary focus on archaeology and related disciplines. Open Context is an open-access, web-based platform for publishing field science data, especially in archaeology and related fields. The system makes data searchable and citable, with robust archival support from the California Digital Library (http://www.cdlib.org/). As Open Context sees application in other disciplines, outcomes of this effort will inform best practices for publishing data in the broader are of small sciences.
Founded in 1934, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation makes grants to support original research and broad-based education related to science, technology, and economic performance. The AAI grant is funded through the Digital Information Technology Program, which aims to increase access to human knowledge and the fruits of human culture while developing a better framework for understanding the information economy.