CODATA-ICSTI Data Citation Standards and Practices

The growth of electronic publishing of literature has created new challenges, such as the need for mechanisms for citing online references in ways that can assure discoverability and retrieval for many years into the future. The increase in online datasets presents related, yet more complex challenges. Data citation standards and good practices can also form the basis for increased incentives, recognition, and rewards for scientific data activities that in many cases are currently lacking in all fields of research.

Between 2011 and 2014, the task group published two major reports, For Attribution: Developing Data Attribution and Citation Practices and Standards (2012); and Out of Cite Out Of Mind: The Current State of Practice, Policy, and Technology for the Citation of Data (2013). These reports laid out the landscape of research data attribution and citation issues, practices, and policies. The group was then instrumental in convening a synthesis group of organizations that cooperated in developing the Joint Data Citation Principles


International Series of Data Citation Workshops

The main objective in the next period of activity, April 2015-October 2016, is to promote the implementation of the data citation principles in the research policy and funding communities throughout the world. We will hold at least 11 national and regional workshops dedicated to this focused objective and to write a synthesis paper that integrates the findings.

By the end of 2015, five of these workshops will have been held:

For 2016, workshops are being planned for the following countries: Brazil, European Union, France, Indonesia, Korea, Taiwan and USA.



The task group will provide small reports from every workshop and will publish a general more detailed synthesis report on the outcomes of the 11 events in time for a fall 2016 CODATA GA.


Activity Plan for 2015 and 2016

  • First phase, April – Aug 2015: Preparation of the 11 workshops. Every workshop will follow a general agenda but will be localized to the individual region and its science system and the local experience with data citation.
  • Second phase, Sep 2015 – May 2016: Actual workshops. Every workshop will have a local organizer who will ensure that the workshop will give an overview of the local state-of-the-art in data citation. Additionally at least on member of the task group will attend, conduct the workshop, present the work of the task group and act as a Rapporteur towards the whole task group.
  • Third phase, June 2016 – Oct 2016: We will analyse the outcomes of the events and prepare a detailed synthesis report for the GA to also be published as a paper on a global platform.


Main contacts

Christine Borgman (Co-Chair)



Distinguished Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies, 
University of California, Los Angeles 
Department of Information Studies, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
235 GSE&IS Bldg, Box 951520, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520, USA
Phone: (310) 825-6164 / Fax: (310) 206-4460 
christine.borgman (at)

Dr. Jan Brase (Co-Chair, ICSTI representative)



Head of Research and Development
Georg-August-University Göttingen
Göttingen State and University Library
D-37070 Göttingen, Germany
Papendiek 14 (Historical Building, room 2.213)
Tel: +49 551 39-33878
brase (at)

Martie J. van Deventer (Co-chair)




Portfolio Manager, Information Services
CSIR South Africa
mvandeve (at)


Executive Committee Liaison

Executive Committee Member 2012-2016
Contact Details: E-mail: bcarroll(at)


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