Category Archives: open science

Convert your files containing experimental data into an open data format

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As part of the Data Champions initiative, we invite members of the Department of Chemistry to contribute to a list of instructions for converting the data you generate through experiments using techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electron microscopy, x-ray crystallography etc. into open data formats that can be shared easily.

The aim is to save researchers time and effort in trying to find this out themselves, and to make it as easy as possible for them to share their data in an open format that is accessible to everyone.

First on our list are very brief instructions for converting NMR spectroscopy data from TopSpin to a text file in the internationally accepted open data format JCAMP-DX.

Please send your instructions to library@ch.cam.ac.uk and they will be added to the list.

Data Champions at the Department of Chemistry

Data Champions are local experts on research data management and sharing who can provide advice and training within their departments.

Your Data Champions currently are:

We are currently planning research data management related activities that we can carry out in the department. Please let us have your ideas! Contact one of the Data Champions or Clair Castle, Librarian at the Department of Chemistry at library@ch.cam.ac.uk.

Please visit the Chemistry Library’s Open Data website to find out more about your Data Champions, and other resources that will help chemists do open research.

Call for Research Data Ambassadors

Do you have a passion for data? Are you a GitHub ace or an Open Data advocate? Would you like to share your expertise with others?

The Research Data Team is looking for Data Champions in departments, institutes and colleges who can advocate for managing and sharing research data in their local communities.

It is worthwhile considering participating in for anyone with a keen interest in Research Data Management (RDM) and who would like to be the local RDM expert in the department.

There is more information on the Research Data Management website: http://www.data.cam.ac.uk/datanews/call-data-champions.

American Chemical Society announces intention to establish “ChemRxiv” preprint server to promote early research sharing

What do chemists think about this? Let me know!

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2016 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) today announced its intention to form ChemRxiv, a chemistry preprint server for the global chemistry community, proposed as a collaborative undertaking that will facilitate the open dissemination of important scientific findings. The Society is presently in the process of inviting interested stakeholders to participate in helping to shape the service ahead of its anticipated launch.

ChemRxiv is expected to follow the established models of arXiv in physics and bioRxiv in the life sciences by enabling researchers working across diverse areas of inquiry to share early results and data with their scientist-colleagues ahead of formal peer review and publication,” says Kevin Davies, Ph.D., who, as Vice President within the ACS Publications Division, will be spearheading the effort as part of a joint undertaking with the Society’s Chemical Abstracts Service. “Preprints are fully citable and are freely accessible preliminary communications…

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Guide to open science publishing by F1000Research

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The recently published F1000Research Guide to Open Science Publishing gives a compact, clear and easy-to-understand basic guide on open science publishing.

It includes the chapters:

  • Open access explained
  • The merits of open peer review
  • Understanding post-publication peer review
  • What is open data?
  • What is open science?
  • About F1000Research

You can download, print, and share the PDF with colleagues!