The California Digital Libraries, PLOS, and DataONE are partners in Make Data Count (https://makedatacount.org/), an NSF-funded project to design and develop metrics that track and measure data use, i.e. “data-level metrics” (DLMs). During the first phase of the project, we gathered information about the needs of researchers: How do they want to get credit for the data they produce? What do they want to know about how their data is used? What do they want to know about others’ data to evaluate quality? The report, available via Figshare (http://figshare.com/articles/Make_Data_Count_Unit_1_Final_Report/1328291), summarizes the findings from this work which has helped to determine requirements and understand use cases for the data-level metrics prototype.
The Make Data Count team will be presenting their work as a DataONE Webinar next month and you can find out more about current and upcoming webinars here: https://www.dataone.org/webinars