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Website Addition

New tool for linking publications to data sets in the GCE Data Catalog

Over the past few years NSF program officers and reviewers alike have begun to place major emphasis on both online data availability and evidence of long-term data use when reviewing LTER sites and LTER proposals. For example, LTER reviewers often search site data catalogs for specific data sets referenced in prominent journal publications to verify data availability. However, inconsistencies in data citation practices in the scientific literature, particularly before data set DOIS were available, has hampered this process and lead to significant under-representation of LTER data in published research.

In order to improve the visibility of GCE data used in publications and help meet this growing expectation we have developed a new web-based tool for adding data set accession links to publications in the GCE Bibliography. When you add or update a bibliographic citation on the GCE website there is now a Choose Datasets link below the "GCE Datasets" field (fig. 1) that opens a pop-up window for selecting data sets to associate (fig. 2). You can click on column headings to sort data sets by investigator, theme, title or dates, and also use your web browser's search command (e.g. Ctrl-F on Windows) to find data sets by title text. Simply check all the relevant data sets used in your analysis and click on the "Return Selections" button, then the list of accession numbers will be formatted and added to the form automatically. If you click the Choose Datasets link again your prior selections will be checked automatically and you can add additional checks or remove checks to revise the data set links. Note that unchecking all data sets will clear the GCE Datasets field, so make sure to only uncheck incorrect selections.

Once you have linked your publication to GCE data sets, bibliographic citations will automatically be displayed on the respective data set summary pages in the GCE Data Catalog (e.g. see PHY-GCEM-0612f referenced on fig. 1). Data set links are not currently displayed on the GCE Bibliography page, but that feature will be added soon to complete the cross-references and aid data discovery from publications.

Please contact the GCE IM office if you have any questions, suggestions or experience problems using this new tool. We understand it can be tedious to provide all this ancillary information when contributing your publications, but it will significantly help us demonstrate our long-term data use as we prepare to write the GCE-4 proposal next year.

Fig. 1: GCE Bibliography update form with GCE Dataset field and link highlighted.
Fig. 2: Data set picking tool for looking up accession numbers to associate with publications.

(Contact Wade Sheldon for additional information)

submitted Sep 02, 2016


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959, OCE-1237140 and OCE-1832178. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.