Research Remix

November 8, 2010

Flowchart: How to identify dataset reuse in the published literature

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Heather Piwowar @ 1:16 pm

I’m pulling together a poster for IDCC based on the DataONE summer internship work into data citation.  As part of the effort to visually represent our work, I’ve created a preliminary flowchart on “How to identify dataset reuse in the published literature.”  Sharing here in case it is useful to anyone, and to gather feedback.

The flowchart attempts to capture the various approaches that are required to track dataset reuse given the current diversity of attribution practices.  It also highlights strengths and limitations of the current behaviors, tools, and processes.

It is probably too detailed for the poster given that it is only one of several elements…..   Flowchart of data reuse tracking– tracking_reuse_flowchart (PDF)

– tracking_reuse_flowchart (editable PowerPoint slide)

Edited Nov 25, 2010: Here is a streamlined version:

Flowchart of data reuse tracking– simplified tracking_reuse_flowchart (PDF)

– simplified tracking_reuse_flowchart (editable PowerPoint slide)


  1. I guess I should add this obviously isn’t a proper flowchart. Probably using different shapes for questions, actions, etc would make it more clear. Oh well, 80/20!

    Comment by Heather Piwowar — November 8, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

  2. […] Tracking data reuse is important.  Tracking data reuse is currently difficult. […]

    Pingback by Tracking dataset citations using common citation tracking tools doesn’t work « Research Remix — November 9, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

  3. Very interesting Heather, I’ve been wondering about this for some time :) Way to get the ball rolling here and with the open science crowd :)



    Comment by Pat — December 1, 2010 @ 2:32 pm

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