The Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum will take place in Baltimore next week (October 31 – November 1). Eric Kansa will present a poster (1MB PDF) about developing a data journal for archaeology to help set, communicate, and maintain quality of datasets relevant to a given theme or discipline.
This represents a collaboration between the AAI/Open Context and the California Digital Library (CDL). AAI’s participation on the project is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and explores data publication workflows and issue-tracking. These are useful elements in data publication, since editorial workflows for data resemble software. Critical to this work was the establishment of an Open Context Editorial Board to develop guidelines and policies around data publication. Editorial guidelines are key to ensuring that data are useful to future researchers (more on this).
The CDL has already done groundbreaking work in the area of data journals. The collaboration between AAI/Open Context and the CDL brings together a data publisher with ties to practitioners and a strong, established data archiving infrastructure.