Why don't we already have an integrated framework for the publication and preservation of all data products?

Alberto Accomazzi (Harvard-Smithsonian CfA), Sebastien Derriere (CDS), Chris Biemesderfer (American Astronomical Society), Norman Gray (U. Glasgow)


Astronomy has long had a working network of archives supporting the curation of publications and data. The discipline has already created many of the features which perplex other areas of science:

- data repositories : (supra)national institutes, dedicated to large projects; a culture of user-contributed data (like persistent TAP-upload); practical experience of long-term data preservation
- dataset identifiers : the community has has already piloted experiments in persistent identifiers (so knows what can undermine these efforts), and is participating in the development of next-generation standards (DataCite)
- citation of datasets in papers : the community has an innovative and expanding infrastructure for the curation of data and bibliographic resources, and through them a community of authors and editors familiar with such electronic publication efforts; as well, it has experimented with next-generation web standards (for example LOD and Semantic Web)
- publisher buy-in : publishers in this area have been willing to innovate within the constraints of their commercial imperatives.

What can possibly be missing? Why don't we have an integrated framework for the publication and preservation of all data products already? Are there technical barriers? We don't believe so. Are there cultural or commercial forces inhibiting this? We aren't aware of any. Is anyone taking a lead? Not yet...

This BoF will identify existing barriers to the creation of such a framework, and attempt to identify the parties or groups which can contribute to the creation of a VO-powered data-publishing framework.

Paper ID: B1

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