Authors : Kai Li, Jane Greenberg, Jillian Dunic
The data paper, an emerging scholarly genre, describes research datasets and is intended to bridge the gap between the publication of research data and scientific articles. Research examining how data papers report data events, such as data transactions and manipulations, is limited.
The research reported on in this paper addresses this limitation and investigated how data events are inscribed in data papers. A content analysis was conducted examining the full texts of 82 data papers, drawn from the curated list of data papers connected to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).
Data events recorded for each paper were organized into a set of 17 categories. Many of these categories are described together in the same sentence, which indicates the messiness of data events in the laboratory space.
The findings challenge the degrees to which data papers are a distinct genre compared to research papers and they describe data-centric research processes in a through way.
This paper also discusses how our results could inform a better data publication ecosystem in the future.
Alternative location : https://arxiv.org/abs/1903.06215