Identification and citation in EMBRC

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Context of identification and citation in EMBRC / St Andrews[edit]

Questionnaire answers from EMBRC/St Andrews on Identification and Citation available at:

Summary of EMBRC/ St Andrews requirements for Identification and citation[edit]

Detailed requirements[edit]


  1. What granularity do your RI’s data products have:
    a. Temporally (yearly, monthly, daily, or other)?
    > It varies

    b. Spatially (by measurement station, region, country or all together)?
    > It varies

  2. How are the data products of your RI stored - as separate “static” files, in a database system, or a combination?
    > It varies

  3. How does your RI treat the “versioning” of data - are older datasets simply replaced by updates, or are several versions kept accessible in parallel?
    > No policy to my knowledge

  4. Is it important to your data users that
    a. Every digital data object is tagged with a unique & persistent digital identifier (PID)?
    > No policy

    b.The metadata for data files contains checksum information for the objects?
    > No policy

    c. Metadata (including any documentation about the data object contents) is given its own persistent identifier?
    > No policy

    d. Metadata and data objects can be linked persistently by means of PIDs?
    > No policy

  5. Is your RI currently using, or planning to use, a standardized system based on persistent digital identifiers (PIDs) for:
    > No to all

  6. Please indicate the kind of identifier system that are you using - e.g. Handle-based (EPIC or DOI), UUIDs or your own RI-specific system?
    > None


  1. How does your “designated scientific community” (typical data users) primarily use your data products? As input for modelling, or for comparisons?
    > Modelling

  2. Do your primary user community traditionally refer to datasets they use in publications:
    a. By providing information about producer, year, report number if available, title or short description in the running text (e.g. under Materials and Methods)?
    > yes

    b. By adding information about producer, year, report number if available, title or short description in the References section?

    c. By DOIs, if available, in the References section?
    > Not necessarily doi but things may be placed in a data depositry

    d. By using other information?
    > Supplemental data added to paper submission

  3. Is it important to your data users to be able to refer to specific subsets of the data sets in their citation?
    > Very important: Date and time intervals, Geographic selection, Specific parameters and observables

  4. Is it important to be able to refer to many separate datasets in a collective way, e.g. having a collection of “all data” from your RI represented by one single DOI?
    > No

  5. What strategy does your RI have for collecting information about the usage of your data products?
    > No strategy different methods used.

  6. Who receives credit when a dataset from your RI is cited ?
    > It varies

Formalities (who & when) [edit]

Cristina Adriana Alexandru
RI representative
Charles Paxton
Period of requirements collection
November 2015