Annual Meeting Report

Creating and Implementing a Data Policy


MODERATOR: Anne Coghill Senior Manager, Peer Review Services, Global Journals Development American Chemical Society Washington, DC SPEAKERS: Michael Friedman Acting Co-Director of Publications and Journals Production Manager American Meteorological Society Boston, Massachusetts Kerry Kroffe Director, Editorial Services PLOS San Francisco, California Shelley Stall Senior Director, Data Leadership American Geophysical Union Washington, DC Alyson Weidmann Managing Editor American Chemical Society Washington, DC REPORTER: Erin Landis Vice President of Publications American Gastroenterological Association Bethesda, Maryland Given the burgeoning amount of data that exists in the scientific enterprise and in the world at large, many journals are now aware of the need to create a policy around the handling, archiving, and dissemination of data. However, the roadmap for creating such a policy remains unclear for many. In this session at the 2019 CSE annual meeting, four experts on the creation and implementation of data policies for journals shared their experience and advice for making the process less intimidating. Shelly Stall, from the American Geophysical Union (AGU), explained that her organization has a specific position statement on data that expresses that documented, credited, and preserved data ultimately advances science. She also shared data from a survey conducted by the Belmont Forum that demonstrated the motivating factors for scientists to share their data, which include increasing the visibility and impact of their research and public benefit. Stall’s presentation largely focused on the FAIR Data Principles, which were developed by stakeholders from academia, industry, funders, and publishers who wanted to improve the infrastructure around the reuse […]

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