Item Types

Hello,

Would it be possible to get two additional item types?

-Dataset/Data Source
-Syllabus

Mike
  • I second the request for a "data set" item type. The ability to cite the data used in research is an essential part of the move toward verifiable and open research. People are starting to publish data sets online and to cite them in publications. Funding bodies are starting to recognise data publication and data citation alongside (if not equivalent to) publication and citation of research articles, books, book chapters etc. As this cultural shift takes place, tools like Zotero need to keep up and support it.

    Ian Barnes
    Australian National Data Service
  • +1 on Dataset.
    -1 on Syllabus (just use Document)
  • Added to ticket.

    Are datasets like databases (see examples below)? If yes, you could use document item type to cite them. Or does the reference have to include other information? If yes, it would be helpful if someone could list necessary fields and a sample formatted reference in a common format, such as APA or Chicago.

    CMS 17.358 Scientific databases

    In the sciences especially, it has become customary to cite databases as follows: list, at a minimum, in this order, the name of the database, the URL, a descriptive phrase or record locator (such as a data marker or accession number) indicating the part of the database being cited or explaining the nature of the reference, and finally an access date. In bibliographies or reference lists, list under the name of the database.

    N: 1. NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database, http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/ (object name IRAS F00400+4059; accessed August 1, 2001).
    5. GenBank, http://0-www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.mercury.concordia.ca:80/Genbank/ (for RP11-322N14 BAC [accession number AC017046]; accessed August 6, 2001).
    7. Unified Database (Bioinformatics Unit and Genome Center, Weizmann Institute of Science), http://bioinformatics.weizmann.ac.il/udb/ (for mapping data on candidate genes; accessed July 29, 2001).

    B/R: NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database. http://nedwww.ipac.caltech.edu/ (object name IRAS F00400+4059; accessed August 1, 2001).
    GenBank. http://0-www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.mercury.concordia.ca:80/Genbank/ (for RP11-322N14 BAC [accession number AC017046]; accessed August 6, 2001).
    Unified Database. Bioinformatics Unit and Genome Center, Weizmann Institute of Science. http://bioinformatics.weizmann.ac.il/udb/ (for mapping data on candidate genes; accessed July 29, 2001).

    T: (NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database [object name IRAS F00400+4059])
    (Unified Database)
    (Genbank [accession number AC017046])
  • Hi,
    Can you tell me if adding the item type, "data set," is in the works? If so, any idea when it will be available?
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth
  • This is planned. See http://forums.zotero.org/discussion/15636/ and https://github.com/ajlyon/zotero-bits/wiki/DatasetType

    Your comments on what else you might need to use the new type effectively are very much welcome at this stage, so we get this right.
  • You asked for comments re: what might be needed to use a new "dataset" item type effectively. The Data-PASS (Data Preservation Alliance for the Social Sciences) partners recently posted a page on the importance of citing research data. The page includes recommendations for the basic elements that should make up a dataset citation. Hopefully it will help with Zotero's creation of a "dataset" item type: http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/ICPSR/curation/citations.jsp

    Data-PASS is supported by an award from the Library of Congress through its National Digital Information and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), and is led by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut, the Howard W. Odum Institute at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Henry A. Murray Research Archive, a member of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Harvard-MIT Data Center, also a member of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University.

    Elizabeth Moss
    ICPSR
  • I'm still not sure what exactly we need as additional fields. This suggests that version would be a good idea - that seems to make sense to me - popular datasets in the social sciences tend to have multiple versions. Digital identifier - I'm not sure I understand if this should include identifiers beyond DOI and URL - a checksum, really?
    I guess the other thing would be format - always feel the insistence on writing [computer file] in these citations is a bit silly - what else is it going to be? A pile of punch cards? I also don't get the sense that any style actually requires that - it seems more like a byproduct of an old ICPSR practice - but it would be easy enough to do using a medium field.
    The last question is how to deal with distributor and producer distinctions.
    Here's the issue thread
    https://github.com/ajlyon/zotero-bits/issues/22
    here's the rudimentary wiki page
    https://github.com/ajlyon/zotero-bits/wiki/DatasetType

    more sustained input from actual experts would certainly be helpful.
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