Nordic Workshop on Data Citation Policies and Practices: How to Make it Happen?

Co-organized workshop - Nordic Open Science and Research Forum 2016

With the movement towards openly accessible research data, mechanisms for indexing and discovering relevant data sets are becoming of rapidly increasing importance. One aspect of this discovery challenge is to make research data effectively citable from publications, analogously to the established practices of article citation. Because of the great diversity of data sets and the emerging state of the supporting infrastructures and practices, this is a nontrivial task. However with the development of appropriate standards and practices, data publications and data citations are likely to become of comparable value to more traditional journals and article citations. The attendant recognition and reward mechanisms will also lead to natural incentives for researchers to make their data openly available and easily accessible.

This workshop aimed to increase awareness about the concept of data citation and the emerging ecosystems supporting it, and discussed the concrete actions needed to make data citations a part of everyday research practice in Finland and the other Nordic countries.

Date and time: Wed 23 Nov 2016, 10:00 - 16:00 (Coffee and Poster exhibition starting at 8:30 a.m. at Metropolia main building, 4th floor, Juhlasali).
Venue: Main building of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Bulevardi 31, Helsinki, Finland. Room P401, 4th floor.
Audience: Researchers interested in how to get their data sets cited, and how to cite and access data sets of others. Institutional data managers responsible for making research data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable). University and funding agency policy makers considering the use of data citation metrics as quality indicators.
Registration: The final day for registration was November 8th.
Organizers: Organised together with the Finnish Committee on Research Data ( and ICSU CODATA (

This event is part of the Nordic Open Science and Research Forum 2016.


8:30 - 10:00 Coffee and Poster exhibition at Metropolia main building, 4th floor, Juhlasali

10:00 – 10:15 What is Data Citation and Why is it Important? (presentation slides) Prof. Pekka Orponen (Finnish Committee on Research Data)

10:15 – 10:45 The CODATA Vision on Data Publication and Data Citation. (presentation slides) Dr. Sarah Callaghan (Editor-in-Chief, CODATA Data Science Journal)

10:45 – 11:10 Open Science and Transparency, Does it Make a Difference? (presentation slides) Dr. Jostein Sundet (NordForsk)

11:10 – 11:35 Research Indicators in the Finnish Universities Funding Model. (presentation slides) Counsellor of Education Tomi Halonen (Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture)

11:35 – 12:00 Research Indicators for Open Science. (presentation slides) Senior Science Adviser Anu Nuutinen (Academy of Finland)

12:00 – 13:15 Lunch, restaurant Kiltakellari, Bulevardi 44, Helsinki

13:15 – 13:45 The RDA Working Group on Data Citation. (presentation slides) Prof. Andreas Rauber (Research Data Alliance)

13:45 – 14:10 Approaches and Challenges in Managing Permanent Identifiers (PIDs). (presentation slides) Dr. Tobias Weigel (German Climate Computing Center / Research Data Alliance)

14:10 – 14:35 PIDs and National PID Services. (presentation slides) Head of Development Esa-Pekka Keskitalo (National Library of Finland)

14:35 – 15:00 Prospects of Open Science: Case Aalto University. (presentation slides) Dr. Ella Bingham (Head of Research Strategic Support, Aalto University)

15:00 – 16:00 Concluding Panel and Discussion: How to Make it Happen?

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