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Journal Articles Harvard Data Science Review Year : 2021

Precisely and Persistently Identifying and Citing Arbitrary Subsets of Dynamic Data

Andreas Rauber
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Bernhard Gößwein
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Chris Schubert
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Florian Wörister
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James Duncan
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Katharina Flicker
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Koji Zettsu
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Kristof Meixner
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Leslie Mcintosh
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Reyna Jenkyns
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Stefan Pröll
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Tomasz Miksa
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Mark Parsons
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Abstract

Precisely identifying arbitrary subsets of data so that these can be reproduced is a daunting challenge in data-driven science, the more so if the underlying data source is dynamically evolving. Yet an increasing number of settings exhibit exactly those characteristics. Larger amounts of data are being continuously ingested from a range of sources (be it sensor values, online questionnaires, documents, etc.), with error correction and quality improvement processes adding to the dynamics. Yet, for studies to be reproducible, for decision-making to be transparent, and for meta studies to be performed conveniently, having a precise identification mechanism to reference, retrieve, and work with such data is essential. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Working Group on Dynamic Data Citation has published 14 recommendations that are centered around time-stamping and versioning evolving data sources and identifying subsets dynamically via persistent identifiers that are assigned to the queries selecting the respective subsets. These principles are generic and work for virtually any kind of data. In the past few years numerous repositories around the globe have implemented these recommendations and deployed solutions. We provide an overview of the recommendations, reference implementations, and pilot systems deployed and then analyze lessons learned from these implementations. This article provides a basis for institutions and data stewards considering adding this functionality to their data systems.

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obspm-03956295 , version 1 (25-01-2023)

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Andreas Rauber, Bernhard Gößwein, Carlo Maria Zwölf, Chris Schubert, Florian Wörister, et al.. Precisely and Persistently Identifying and Citing Arbitrary Subsets of Dynamic Data. Harvard Data Science Review, 2021, 3 (4), ⟨10.1162/99608f92.be565013⟩. ⟨obspm-03956295⟩
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