HOW WE CURATE DATA
STANDARDS & TOOLS
OUR CITATION APPROACH / OVERVIEW
We have developed a robust approach to data citation, launching DataCite Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for all of our in-house data 'collections' in 2012.
Our data are held as 'collections' which correspond to studies, a unique piece of fieldwork, or from data compilation, such as a digitisation project. Examples include cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal surveys over time, qualitative research projects that yield sets of interviews and images, or a historical database. Thus we deal with over 6,500 curated collections of numeric, structured, and unstructured text, as well as some multimedia files. The DOis represent the metadata record for the most current version of the data collection. As UK Federation authentication is required for most data, a DOI directly to the data is not possible.
In addition to the collection-level DOI, we also enable citation of subsets from our data accessed via our online data browsing systems. These systems enable direct search, browsing and graphing of data held on servers, with some data requiring authentication.