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EOC WS on data integration in marine sciences - Collaborations between journal and data publishers/databases

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EUR-OCEANS organisation / funding

This workshop was granted 15 k€ upon a decision of the EOC Council (8 Feb. 2013).

It is organized back-to-back with the EOC hot topics conference - a changing ocean.


A number of scientific journal publishers are putting efforts and resources in linking their journal publications to underlying data. The well recognised success story of the International Nucleotide Sequence Databases (INSD comprises DDBJ, EBI-ENA, and NCBI-GenBank) ensures that at least sequences are archived and accessible from genomics and molecular biology journals using unique identifiers, i.e. accession numbers. In the field of life & environmental science, Elsevier and PANGAEA® both use DOIs as unique identifiers for their journal and data publications, respectively. The two publishers are now successfully implementing reciprocal linking between their respective contents. Research data sets deposited at PANGAEA® are automatically linked to the corresponding articles in Elsevier journals - and vice versa, using DOIs as a common basis for cross-referencing their publications. In the field of biodiversity, there is also a high interest in linking taxonomic data from authoritative registers to scientific journals. Collaboration between the World Register of Marine Species and the open access publisher PLoS seems to be a starting point.

The “article of the future” proposed by online scientific journals can become very effective “data portals” leading to data integration across databases specialised in different disciplines such as those outlined above. Furthermore, collaborations between data and journal publishers could lead to joint editorial workflows by which both manuscripts and data would be submitted to peer review.

Workshop Goal

The proposed workshop aims to promote such developments by bringing together editors & technology developers from interested scientific journal, and curators & technology developers from interested data publishers. The objectives are to (1) discuss current developments in linking and parsing data in scientific journals, (2) discuss current developments in joint editorial workflow between data in scientific journals editorial systems. The outcome will be to plan demos where a few scientific journals provide links to data from several databases/disciplines, e.g. social science, environmental science, biology, taxonomy, genetics, etc...

Attendance: 15-20 participants, upon invitation

Contact: Stéphane Pesant (spesant [at]

Activity leader(s): 
Stéphane Pesant, MARUM
PLOCAN, Telde, Gran Canaria, Spain
Financial support: 
15 k€
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