Since it’s inception, Scientific Data has been working to encourage a “show me the data” culture, with the aim of publishing Data Descriptors on fully reusable datasets. Datasets can only be used if data have been rigorously described; as recently shown, even when journal policies on data archiving are strong, data are not always shared in a reusable manner¹. Read more
Today, we released Scientific Data’s ISA-Tab metadata specification, a document describing in detail the format we use to capture and distribute machine-readable metadata content with our Data Descriptor articles. This document is designed for advanced scientists who are interested in submitting structured metadata with manuscripts or in mining the metadata associated with our publications.
Each published Data Descriptor will be accompanied by machine-readable metadata designed to help advanced users mine and search our content. These metadata will include basic information about the Data Descriptor article, as well as terms that describe key aspects of the experiments or procedures in the study.