NPG to launch Scientific Data

The NPG press release outlines the concept and some details about Scientific Data :

  • It is a new open-access, online-only platform for describing scientific datasets.
  • It will initially focus on datasets from the life, biomedical and environmental sciences.
  • The content will be “peer-reviewed, scientific publications that provide detailed descriptions of experimental and observational datasets.”
  • The Scientific Data content will be accessible and searchable through the new platform, under a Creative Commons license.
  • The datasets will be stored in public, community-recognized repositories, but if a disciplinary repository is not available, the datasets can be deposited in a general repository, such as Dryad or Figshare
  • All accepted content will be published on payment of an article-processing charge.
  • It will be open for submissions in fall 2013.

Data.gov Agricultural Community

During the G-8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack announced the launch of the U.S. Government’s new Food, Agriculture and Rural virtual community on data.gov . The community includes “hundreds of government datasets that can help enable research, tools and decision making to improve food security; apps that demonstrate the power of open data for agriculture; tools for app developers; and events and opportunities to collaborate to learn more about Food, Agriculture and Rural data and issues.”

The datasets are available through a variety of methods, such as links out to external resources and downloadable csv, xls, and xml files. The datasets include:

  • Aquaculture Data
  • Federal Cost of School Food Program Data
  • Feed Grains Database
  • Food Security in the United States
  • Fruit and Tree Nut Data
  • MyPyramid Food Data
  • Pesticide Data Program
  • Quarterly Agricultural Export Forecast
  • U.S. Bioenergy Statistics
  • U.S. Overseas Loans and Grants (Greenbook)

Recent Dryad Announcements

Dryad , a repository for data underlying scientific and medical literature, went live with a redesigned website last month. The new site includes an Integrated Journals page, which shows the journals that coordinate the submission process with Dryad and includes information about when to submit, whether a data embargo is allowed, and whether metadata is hidden until publication. The Terms of Service are also prominently placed.

Dryad also announced that submission fees will be introduced in September 2013 . The Pricing Plans and Submission Fees page details the pricing plan options.