Data Citation Index

The University Library now subscribes to the Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters (which also provides Web of Science).  You can also access the Data Citation Index by searching for it in the Library’s Online Journals & Databases system.

The goal of the Data Citation Index is to support data discovery, reuse and interpretation.  To achieve this, the Data Citation Index brings together results from data repositories across disciplines.  The rough breakdown of repositories by discipline is: life sciences (48%), physical sciences (23%), social sciences (20%), arts & humanities (7%), and multidisciplinary (2%). Examples of repositories included are: Gene Expression Omnibus, WormBase, Dryad, NOAA National Geophysical Data Center, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), Archaeology Data Service, and figshare.

The Data Citation Index provides suggested citations for the data, based on the data citation recommendations of DataCite.org.

The Data Citation Index also provides links between the data and the articles that cite it.  For example, search for “GSE2814” to see mouse liver tissue expression data that has been cited by 6 articles in Web of Science.  Because data citation is not standardized or common practice, most data in the Data Citation Index has not been cited very often.  So currently, this is not a very robust feature, but it has interesting potential.

This post was originally published on the Research Data blog by scwillms@illinois.edu

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