ROR and GRID: The Way Forward

“Earlier today, GRID announced that it will discontinue its schedule of public releases in Q4 2021. This decision marks an important and exciting milestone in the evolution of both organization registries.

ROR’s core mission is to be a community-led registry of open organization identifiers. While GRID has maintained an open registry of organization identifiers available CC0 to the community since 2015, it did not intend to serve as a community-driven initiative. Therefore, it was a natural arrangement to jump-start ROR with seed data from GRID, and accept ongoing updates from GRID while developing ROR to ultimately function independently as the community registry of record. The plan has always been that ROR would inevitably need to be able to diverge from GRID in order to more fully address the requirements and use cases that come with maintaining a community-based initiative. GRID’s recent decision aligns perfectly with the progress ROR has already made towards this goal….”

GRID passes the torch to ROR – Digital Science

“In 2015 Digital Science first released the Global Research Identifier Database (GRID), an open database of unique research-related organisation identifiers they had developed in-house over several years, for public use by the research community. In 2019 ROR, the Research Organization Registry, was founded as a community-driven initiative, mirroring the GRID database. With ROR coming of age and becoming independent from GRID, Digital Science has decided to pass on the torch to ROR and retire GRID from the public space, with a last public release in Q4 of 2021.

This might come as a surprise, as GRID and ROR have been co-existing and collaborating for quite some time now. GRID was initially created to fill a void, as no open organisation identifier was available for the open research space. As a community-driven initiative has now built upon GRID’s first initiative, two open organisation identifiers could be perceived as competing against each other. Digital Science has therefore decided to formally hand the torch over to ROR as the leading open organisation identifier. Digital Science will continue to use GRID internally- but focused on the Digital Science products and their users and clients….”

The State of Open Data 2020 #StateOfOpenData – Digital Science

“Our portfolio company, Figshare, has today launched its annual report The State of Open Data 2020. The report is the fifth in the series and includes survey results and a collection of articles from global industry experts, as well as a foreword from Dr Leslie McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta and Executive Director, Emeritus – Research Data Alliance US.

The State of Open Data is now the longest running longitudinal study on the subject, which was created in 2016, to examine attitudes and experiences of researchers working with open data – sharing it, reusing it, and redistributing it.

This year’s survey received around 4,500 responses from the research community and had an additional focus on research practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It asked researchers how the pandemic was impacting their ability to carry out research, and their views on reuse of data and collaboration….”

Huge Covid-19 output prompting ‘sea change’ in access to research | Times Higher Education (THE)

“The Covid-19 crisis is leading to a “sea change” in the way that researchers are collating and analysing research in a bid to keep up with the “phenomenal” growth in scholarship on the topic, experts have suggested.

According to one search portal for coronavirus research, as of 3 April more than 6,000 papers, including preprints, have been published on the topic and related areas since the beginning of the year….

He added that the fact that many publishers were making Covid-19 research open access also meant that scholars could get around the overwhelming nature of dealing with such a vast amount of information by using sophisticated search techniques such as text mining….”

Launching our blog series on the State of Open Monographs 2020 – Digital Science

“With this blog series we aim to:

Further the goals of the original report to bring a community together to discuss many topics important to books
Educate, inform, and serve as a platform for sharing ideas that will be instructional for book publishers
Work with a variety of people who care about book-specific topics and are experts in certain areas of book publishing
Discuss ideas for overcoming certain challenges in the book space….”

Research on Research Institute (RoRI)

“RoRI is an international consortium of research funders, academics and technologists working to champion transformative and translational research on research.

By analysing research systems and experimenting with new tools, indicators and evaluation frameworks, we aim to advance more strategic, open, diverse and inclusive research….”

Research on Research Institute Launches to Enable More Strategic, Open, Diverse, And Inclusive Research

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI) – an international consortium of research funders, academic institutions, and technologists working to champion the latest approaches to research on research.

Co-founded by the Wellcome Trust, the universities of Sheffield and Leiden, and Digital Science, the RoRI consortium will undertake transformative and translational research on research (also known as meta-research, science of science or meta-science). By analysing research systems and experimenting with decision and evaluation data, tools and frameworks, we aim to advance more strategic, open, diverse and inclusive research….”

Digital Science and the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics join forces to provide ISSI members with free access to Dimensions and Altmetric data  – Digital Science

“Digital Science, a leader in scholarly technology, is pleased to announce a collaboration with the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI) that will give ISSI members enhanced access to Dimensions and Altmetric data for scientometric research.

ISSI is an international association of scholars and professionals active in the interdisciplinary study science of science, science communication, and science policy. The ISSI community advances the boundaries of quantitative science studies, from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives.

Starting on October 1 2019, ISSI members will formally be invited to apply for no-cost access to Altmetric and Dimensions web tools and APIs. A committee of ISSI members will provide expert assessment of researchers’ applications and guidance on using Altmetric and Dimensions in their research.

This partnership builds upon Altmetric and Dimensions’ existing no-cost data sharing programs, which are currently open to all researchers conducting non-commercial scientometric research, while providing ISSI members with additional expert advice on early-stage research….”

Data Sharing Program Manager – Digital Science – Career Page

We are looking for a research data management expert to join our global and dynamic team….

If you know and love research data management, and want to be at the cutting edge helping the entire research community, we have the ideal role.  You will lead the delivery and growth of one or more figshare-related US federal customers.

This role may be of interest to anyone in the current roles:

 

  • Research Data Librarian
  • Data Curator
  • Repository Manager…”

Digital Science welcomes Gigantum and Ripeta to the family to help increase reproducibility in research – Digital Science

Ripeta, a previous Digital Science Catalyst grant winner, aims to make better science easier by identifying and highlighting the important parts of research that should be transparently presented in a manuscript and other materials. The tool detects the key evidence for and assesses reproducibility in the scientific research industry through software and analytics development; improving evidence-based science and fiscal efficiency of research investments. These tools leverage sophisticated machine-learning and natural language processing algorithms to extract key reproducibility elements from research articles….”

Gigantum is a completely new approach to handling the interaction between code, data and run-time environments in this new data-rich research world. Focused on open-source tools and frameworks, Gigantum helps researchers to better scale the creation, management and dissemination of fully reproducible research and the data science that supports it….”

Openness: An interview with Daniel Hook, CEO of Digital Science – The Scholarly Kitchen

I think that biggest barrier is the existing system of incentives – people are not made professor for making their research openly available — that needs to change. The current system was never built to scale to the current size of the research world. I think that there will be some radical changes in scholarly communication and evaluation. Research, however, is quite rightly a conservative world. Systems need to be tried and tested – we can’t afford to switch to a system that is susceptible to effects like fake news.  So, I don’t think that change will happen quickly….

As a researcher, I want it to be simple. I don’t want to have to find money from different pots to publish my work. I don’t want to have to understand licensing and copyright law nor do I want to have to understand if my funder’s requirements are at odds with my institution’s requirements of me or indeed my government’s views on what constitutes open. I also really don’t want to have to go through the same thing with my data and my software as well as my journal article. So, in short, yes, I do think that there needs to be simplification. Not wanting to wade into the minefield that is Plan S, I will say that one thing that must be welcome to everyone is that there is now clear coordination going on between different stakeholders. Ideally this would lead to a framework or standard that allows stakeholders to adopt or to sign up to a standardized set of Open Access requirements that are internally consistent and easy to understand….”

CTF Partners with Digital Science to Promote Open Data | Children’s Tumor Foundation

“The Children’s Tumor Foundation’s commitment to collaboration, open data and transparency is reinforced with a partnership with global technology company Digital Science on a new platform for next-generation research and discovery called Dimensions. This groundbreaking research information database aims to transform scholarly search by linking publications, grants, policy, data, and metrics for the first time.”

A corporation strives to democratize access to research funding data

“New product from Digital Science, a major corporate player, will make information about scholarly research life cycle available free to individual scientists.

Recent months have brought much agitation among academic researchers over the role of for-profit companies in the scholarly workflow. There is growing mistrust of how scholarly networking sites Academia.edu and ResearchGate are handling researchers’ data. And major companies such as Elsevier have expanded their footprint into all stages of the research process, raising questions over whether it is wise for researchers and institutions to become reliant on one company’s services amid fears of future fee hikes….”