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Disciplinary Reach: Investigating the Impact of Dataset Reuse in the Earth Sciences

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Chao, T. C. (2011, October). Disciplinary Reach: Investigating the Impact of Dataset Reuse in the Earth Sciences. In Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), New Orleans, LA.

Publication Abstract

In the realm of scholarly communication, scientific datasets are becoming more widely recognized for their scholarly and reuse value. However, given the investment toward maintaining and storing research data for long-term access, there is no clear strategy or metric for determining the reuse of research datasets. This study proposes a novel approach to track use and measure the impact of publically accessible datasets in scholarly publications through disciplinary reach- the number of unique journals and related subject categorizations in which articles are published. Using affiliated publication(s), described by the author as the works identified by the dataset creator or curator related to a dataset, the principles underlying the bibliometric technique of citation analysis are leveraged and applied. Preliminary results show that for earth science datasets, affiliated publications were primarily cited in physical science and multidisciplinary journals, indicating these datasets may h

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