[ViBRANT] Future Citations notesSubmitted by Dauvit King on Tue, 02/10/2012 - 15:36
Last week I attended a JISC organised hackathon on citations. It was a useful couple of days, covering a variety of topics. Relevant to ViBRANT we explored:
1. the nature of citations
1. comparison across datasets to highlight anomalies - for example, CrossRef's content is skewed 2010 onwards because it depends on publishers contributions and from then on publishers *do* contribute, and make sure that all this new material references their own publications correctly; however, this work skews the number of references per year, the years 2010 & 2011 being noticeably higher than previous years.
2. investigated erroneous citations - for example, the correct reference "Kimura,M. (1980) A simple method for estimating evolutionary rate of base substitutions through comparative studies of nucleotide sequences. J. Mol. Evol., 16, 111-120" has a variant form with *model* replacing *method* that persists. In Google Scholar *method* has 11,614 citations, *model* has 1. In MS Academic Research *method* has 5,725 citations, *model* has 165.
3. talked with people from other disciplines and familiar with merging the citations for documents with citations for data; DOIs and [DataCite](http://www.datacite.org/) are the preferred solution for unique identifiers.
2. good networking opportunities
1. have potential access to more biodiversity citation references.
2. discussed relevant toolsets being developed elsewhere, ie at least two people are working on PDF metadata extraction.
3. linked up with Paul Stokes, JISC programme manager on citations. He is starting to look at bringing linked open data into the programme.
More comprehensive notes are in the Scratchpad page for this event => http://vbrant.eu/content/future-citations
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