Thomson Reuters Speeds Research Process by Launching Data Citation Index


The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading provider of intelligent information for business and professionals, announced today that it is previewing the Data Citation IndexTM at the Frankfurt Book Fair. A research resource within the Web of KnowledgeSM, the Data Citation Index facilitates the discovery, use and attribution of data sets and data studies that are foundational to peer-reviewed literature. The Data Citation Index will be available to the market by the end of October.

This new research resource from Thomson Reuters creates a single multidisciplinary source for the discovery of foundational research within data repositories around the world, placing them in the broader context of peer-reviewed literature including select journals, books, and conference proceedings already indexed in the Web of Knowledge.

Historically, it has been extremely difficult to discover, attribute and measure the research compiled within data sets. Driven by market demands, analysts at Thomson Reuters closely researched this issue in collaboration and consultation with the research community and determined that a system was needed to help researchers more easily discover and attribute data relevant to their work in a way that appropriately acknowledges intellectual credit.

“Data is not like a narrative—you don’t know its value and utility until it’s used. In this regard, we’re doing everything we can to promote sharing of data from our archives,” said John Kunze, associate director at the California Digital Library’s UC Curation Center. “The Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters is helping to turn the tide.”

Thomson Reuters has collaborated with numerous data repositories worldwide to capture bibliographic records and cited references for digital research, facilitating visibility, author attribution, and ultimately the measurement of impact of this growing body of scholarship.

“We are pleased to partner with Thomson Reuters in the building of the Data Citation Index,” said Mary Vardigan, assistant director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). “By enhancing the discoverability of data through the Data Citation Index, Thomson Reuters is highlighting the importance of research data in the scientific process.”

“The Data Citation Index will revolutionize the way data sets are discovered and utilized,” said Keith MacGregor, executive vice president of Thomson Reuters. “It will enable researchers, institutions and funders to gain a comprehensive view of the origins of research projects and influence the future paths they take, while also eliminating the duplication of work and speeding the scientific research process.”

To learn more about the Data Citation Index, visit the Thomson Reuters booth at the Frankfurt Book Fair, October 10 – 14, in Hall 4.2, Stand L27. Marian Hollingsworth, director of publisher relations at Thomson Reuters, will present a session titled “The Data Citation Index,” Friday, October 12, 9:30-10 a.m. in Hall 4.2. Thomson Reuters is also hosting “Hot Spot Professional & Scientific Information — The Book Citation Index Update,” a talk by Mary Van Allen, manager of publisher relations at Thomson Reuters on Thursday, October 11, 1:30-2 p.m. in Hall 4.2.

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