Celebrating the 100th Dataset Record in UQ eSpace

The UQ Library Research Outputs Team has celebrated a significant milestone with the recent creation of the 100th Data Collections Record in UQ eSpace.

Researchers at UQ are able to record the existence of Research Data (datasets)* they create or collect in the course of their work, and link them to related publications metadata in UQ eSpace. They can choose to deposit or link to their actual dataset to make it available Open Access, or they can provide mediated access to it via a nominated contact person.

For those choosing the Open Access option, researchers can add a Creative Commons Licence to assure they receive attribution for their work, and they can get a DOI for the dataset from UQ Library, allowing it to be cited as a primary research output as per best practice.

UQ eSpace Data Collection Records are fed automatically to Research Data Australia, a national service that allows you to find, access, and reuse data for research from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions.

Research Data Australia also feeds UQ eSpace Data Collections Records to the Thomson Reuter Data Citation Index. The Data Citation Index on the Web of Science™ platform provides a single point of access to quality research data from repositories across disciplines and around the world.

Through linked content and summary information, these datasets are displayed within the broader context of the scholarly research, enabling users to gain perspective that is lost when datasets or repositories are viewed in isolation. These connections allow researchers to efficiently access an array of data across subjects and regions, providing a comprehensive picture of research output, to maximize research efforts and accurately assess importance.

Importantly the Data Citation Index also tracks the use of datasets across multiple disciplines and supports proper attribution to datasets research through standard citation format. As dataset citation practices becomes standardised, it provides UQ researchers with a more consistent and visible means of gaining attribution to their work

This means that UQ Researchers have a means of complying with various aspects of the UQ Research Data Management Policy (UQ Policy1), as well as funding body requirements and the Australian Code of Conduct for Responsible Research (The Code) requirements.

Specifically, UQ eSpace enables researchers to:

  • Officially record the existence of datasets in a register or index to enable access to be managed as required.
  • Make datasets available for use by other researchers and interested persons for further research, if appropriate, and after reasonable periods following the completion of the research.
  • Provide information about and links to the datasets relevant to their publications

Research Data Management at UQ - learn more

If you would like to know more, register for Staff Development Research Data Management – What’s Involved? 

*Research Data (datasets) - includes all data created and/or generated by Researchers in the course of their research work, on which an argument, theory, test or hypothesis, or another research output is based, for which the University has a custodial responsibility under relevant agreements and the relevant archives/record keeping acts.


Last updated:
20 April 2016