The data library PANGAEA (Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data) and Elsevier have implemented reciprocal linking between their 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.
'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 organisations, such as the OECD, about access to research data from public funding,' commented Hannes Grobe, data librarian of PANGAEA at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.
'This is the beginning of a new way of managing, preserving and sharing data from earth system research,' added Christiane Barranguet, executive publisher at Elsevier. '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 programme. Through this agreement and development Elsevier supports long-term storage, wide availability and preservation of large research data sets.