PANGAEA Earth System Research Data Directly Linked to Elsevier Articles
Elsevier, a publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced that the data library PANGAEA — Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data — and Elsevier have implemented reciprocal linking between their respective content in earth system research. Research data sets deposited at PANGAEA are now automatically linked to the corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on its electronic platform ScienceDirect and vice versa. This linking functionality also provides a credit mechanism for research data sets deposited in this data library.
Hannes Grobe, data librarian of PANGAEA at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research commented, “Through this fruitful cooperation, science is better supported, and the flow of data into trusted archives is promoted. The interaction of a publisher with an Open Access data repository is ideal to serve the requirements of modern research by diminishing the loss of research data. It also enables the reader of a publication to verify the scientific findings and to use the data in his own work. The Elsevier-PANGAEA cooperation consequently follows the most recent recommendations of funding bodies and international organizations, such as the OECD, about access to research data from public funding.”
“Our goal is to continuously improve user experiences, and this is one of the ways we make this happen,” added Christiane Barranguet, executive publisher at Elsevier. “This is the beginning of a new way of managing, preserving and sharing data from earth system research. It also highlights the value ScienceDirect can deliver on its platform by giving researchers the papers they need and helping them put those papers in context, delivering unique value to user.”
Working with the scientific community to preserve scientific research data is also an objective of the Elsevier Content Innovation program. Through this agreement and development, Elsevier supports long-term storage, wide availability and preservation of large research data sets.
PANGAEA is a data library which links primary data related to articles in earth and environmental science journals and, thus, may serve some hundred journals of the Elsevier portfolio. In the first phase, more than 1,000 articles from various earth science journals were linked.
The data is freely available from the publication’s page in ScienceDirect, without a login or subscription. PANGAEA, as a library, is open to any field of earth system research, enabling a bibliographic citation of datasets with identification via DOI and a widespread distribution through portals, library catalogs and search engines, which is currently unique on the Internet.
PANGAEA is operated by the research institutions Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) and the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at Bremen University.
AWI conducts research in the Arctic, Antarctic and oceans of the temperate latitudes and covers all disciplines of earth system research. It coordinates polar research in Germany and provides major infrastructure to the international scientific community, such as the Polarstern research icebreaker and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. AWI is one of the sixteen research centers of the Helmholtz Association, the largest scientific organization in Germany.
MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at Bremen University aims to understand the role of the oceans in the Earth’s system by employing state-of-the-art methods. It examines the significance of the oceans within the framework of global change, quantifies interactions between the marine geosphere and biosphere, and provides information for sustainable use of the ocean.