The Value of Research Data

Metrics for datasets from a cultural and technical point of view


Cover of the report Value of Research DataThis report presents a first landscape study of creating and promoting data metrics and the assessment of the use of datasets in scientific work as a tool to stimulate data sharing. This report will be of interest to all major stakeholders in science and research, such as individual scientists, funders, research institutions, universities and data centres. It provides them with more knowledge about tools to promote and reward data sharing and data publication within their scientific communities. In this landscape study, all major stakeholders have been considered in order to summarize the main views, problems and challenges that need to be tackled in the development of metrics for datasets, and in the generalization and promotion of data sharing activities.


The report has been written by Rodrigo Costas, Ingeborg Meijer, Zohreh Zahedi and Paul Wouters of the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). Leiden University.


Published 11 April 2013


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