GigaScience journal and database

Open access publisher BioMed Central and genomic organization BGI have launched GigaScience , which is an integrated journal and database for biological and biomedical research and datasets.

From the GigaScience website:

GigaScience aims to revolutionize data dissemination, organization, understanding, and use. An online open-access open-data journal, we publish ‘big-data’ studies from the entire spectrum of life and biomedical sciences. To achieve our goals, the journal has a novel publication format: one that links standard manuscript publication with an extensive database that hosts all associated data and provides data analysis tools and cloud-computing resources.

Our scope covers not just ‘omic’ type data and the fields of high-throughput biology currently serviced by large public repositories, but also the growing range of more difficult-to-access data, such as imaging, neuroscience, ecology, cohort data, systems biology and other new types of large-scale sharable data.”

DMPTool supports more NSF divisions

Last week the DMPTool added support for more NSF directorates and divisions, including:

  • Astronomical Sciences
  • Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Education and Human Resources

These are in addition to the directorates and divisions supported initially .

University of Virginia’s Scientific Data Consulting also recently expandedits NSF data management plan templates to include all NSF directorates and divisions (that have produced specific guidance).

Public access to funded research

The White House Office for Science and Technology Policy has released two Requests for Information about public access to federally funded scientific research.

Digital Data “[T]his Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and encouraging broad public access to unclassified digital data that result from federally funded scientific research….Response Date: January 12, 2012….”

Scholarly Publications “[T]his Request for Information (RFI) offers the opportunity for interested individuals and organizations to provide recommendations on approaches for ensuring long-term stewardship and broad public access to the peer-reviewed scholarly publications that result from federally funded scientific research….Response Date: January 2, 2012….”

DMPTool officially launched

November 1 was the official launch of the DMPTool , an online application for researchers to generate data management plans. UIUC partnered withseveral other major research institutions to create thisresource.

Currently, the DMPTool can be used to create plans for:

  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • NEH Office of Digital Humanities
  • NSF Biological Sciences
  • NSF Materials Research
  • NSF Earth Sciences
  • NSF Engineering
  • NSF Generic
  • NSF Physics
  • NSF Social, Behavioral, Economic Sciences

A5-minute DMPTool demo video is available.