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Wednesday, February 15 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Data and Software Citations. What you don’t know CAN hurt you.

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When we read a published scholarly article we rarely, if ever, ask to see the machine actionable version of the text. And yet this hidden version is used to enable much of the downstream services such as automated attribution and credit. When it comes to data and software citations in the reference section, recently the probability of an accurate machine-readable version was very low. For some journals, even zero.

Why you ask? The citation looks just fine in the online version and the downloadable PDF, what could possibly have gone wrong?

Well, there is a plethora of challenges to uncover. First, data and software citations require different validation steps during the production process. Because of this, there machine-readable text is commonly not analyzed correctly, and some text might be altered such that the citation is no longer actionable. How many times of you see that name of the journal in the title of the dataset? Gobs. Further, Crossref requirements are also different for these types of citations causing those citations sent improperly to land on the cutting room floor in many cases.

In this session we will detail the differences in the production process and provide specific guidance to make the necessary corrections. This work has been led by the Journal Task Force for the FORCE11 Software Citation Implementation Working Group.

Notes Document

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Patricia Feeney

Head of Metadata, Crossref
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Shelley Stall

Vice President Open Science Leadership, American Geophysical Union
Shelley Stall is the Vice President of the American Geophysical Union’s Data Leadership Program. She works with AGU’s members, their organizations, and the broader research community to improve data and digital object practices with the ultimate goal of elevating how research... Read More →

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Sandy Hirsh

Associate Dean for Academics, San Jose State University
Dr. Sandra Hirsh is Associate Dean for Academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San José State University. She previously served as Professor and Director of the School of Information at San José State University for ten years from 2010-2020. Prior to joining... Read More →

Wednesday February 15, 2023 11:00am - 12:15pm EST