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re3data is a registry of research data repositories from across the globe

Robert Ulrich, KIT Library, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – “Research data are valuable and ubiquitous. But the sustainable availability of research data is a challenge for all stakeholders in the scientific community and it can be difficult to find appropriate repositories. re3data is a registry of research data repositories from across the globe, which isn’t restricted to specific academic disciplines. re3data fosters a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data and promotes the FAIR principles, as well as the spirit of open access. It presents repositories for permanent storage and access to data sets for researchers, funding bodies, publishers and journalists. Running the service, three main types of usage became apparent, which are finding and storing research data, analyzing, building up and interconnecting infrastructure, and services based on the provided information. As an entry point to scientific resources, re3data is not limited to researchers. It already serves as a source for funders, policy-makers, and public administration. For example, it is a data provider for the EU Open Science Monitor. More than 2,000 repositories have been indexed since the beginning of 2018, covering a wide array of datasets. This data may serve as foundation and evidence for any data journalist, not just those dedicated to scientific reporting. Since re3data is not domain specific it covers a great number of the subject areas from engineering, natural science, but especially humanities and social sciences and the life sciences.

Metadata schema

re3data provides structured metadata for each repository and therefore required a metadata schema, which has been adopted by many others as a de facto standard. The schema of re3data covers various aspects of repositories. These can be grouped into six main categories:

  • General information
  • Policies
  • Legal aspects
  • Technological standards
  • Quality standards
  • Type of access

For quick visual guidance, these categories are also reflected within the icon system of re3data. Describing research data repositories is an ongoing process, due to the continued and versatile development of research data management. re3data started with a few basic properties in 2012, and evolved to an extensive metadata schema. Currently, the metadata schema is available in version 3.0 with over 141 properties in total. But impending requirements from the research community have been identified already and further versions are to be released…”

Treasury Encourages Taxpayers To Check Withholding Amount

“As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, many Americans will see more money in their paychecks due to changes that include the increase in the standard deduction and lower tax rates and brackets. Treasury wants to encourage all taxpayers to check their paycheck withholdings to ensure they have the correct amount withheld… Continue Reading

OECD – How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries’ Economies

“How Immigrants Contribute to Developing Countries’ Economies is the result of a project carried out by the OECD Development Centre and the International Labour Organization, with support from the European Union. The report covers the ten partner countries: Argentina, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa and Thailand. The… Continue Reading

AWI researchers measure a record concentration of microplastic in arctic sea ice

The composition and layering of plastic particles found in sea ice reveal their regions of origin [24. April 2018] “Experts at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), have recently found higher amounts of microplastic in arctic sea ice than ever before. However, the majority of particles were microscopically small.… Continue Reading

Public access to CFPB Consumer Complaint Database may end according to Mulvaney

The New York Times: “Financial companies have worked to diminish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s powers since the day the agency was created. Now, they’re on the brink of having one of their top demands granted: an end to the regulator’s public database of complaints about their products and services. Since 2011, the bureau has… Continue Reading

Quick rundown of the new Gmail

Google Blog: ‘Email is a necessity for most of us. We use it to stay in touch with colleagues and friends, keep up with the latest news, manage to-dos at home or at work—we just can’t live without it. Today we announced major improvements to Gmail on the web to help people be more productive… Continue Reading

Klobuchar, Kennedy Introduce Bipartisan Privacy Legislation to Protect Consumers’ Online Data

“U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Kennedy (R-LA) [on April 24, 2018] announced privacy legislation that will protect consumers’ online data. Social media and other online platforms routinely capture users’ behavior and personal information, which is then used to help advertisers or other third parties target those users. The bipartisan legislation would require companies… Continue Reading

Paper – Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality

Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality. February 07, 2018. Bain report. “Demographics, automation and inequality have the potential to dramatically reshape our world in the 2020s and beyond. Our analysis shows that the collision of these forces could trigger economic disruption far greater than we have experienced over the past 60 years.… Continue Reading

Traffic Violations Have Highest Growth Rate for Secure Communities Removals

“Recently released ICE removal-by-removal records from Secure Communities — current through October 2017 — provide a portrait of deportations of immigrants from each state and county in the nation. While the new administration initially did successfully ramp up deportations nationally, the latest data show no further increase. The number deported under this program – including… Continue Reading