By Patricia Cruse, Director, University of California Curation Center

One of today’s most important priorities for academic scholarship and research is providing long term access to datasets. Data are now seen as the building blocks of scholarship and research in the sciences and humanities. Scholars and archivists recognize the potential for increasing collaboration and synthesis when data are archived, published, and shared, forging the possibility for new discoveries built upon the research of others.

To facilitate the sharing of datasets, the University of California’s California Digital Library (CDL) has become a founding member of the international DataCite consortium, a group of leading academic and scientific memory institutions providing data publishing opportunities for researchers lacking appropriate publication channels and incentives for their datasets.  

See the press release from the UC Newsroom at http://webarchives.cdlib.org/sw1st7gf68/http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/23055