InvestigaM, the research portal run by Consorcio Madroño, is meant to disseminate the results of the research activities which are carried out at its member and associate institutions, including both publications and research data. It is operated under the framework of the commitment by Consorcio Madroño and its member universities to Open Access and Open Science.
e-cienciaDatos is a multidisciplinary data repository which hosts the scientific datasets of researchers from the public universities in the Autonomous Region of Madrid and the UNED, members of Consorcio Madroño, in order to increase the visibility of those data, ensure their preservation, provide access to them and facilitate their reuse.
e-cienciaDatos offers the service of depositing and publishing datasets, assigning a digital object ID, or DOI, to each of them. Associating a dataset with a DOI makes it possible to perform the dataset’s verification, dissemination, reuse, impact and access in the long term.
Moreover, the repository provides a standardised citation for each dataset, which contains enough information to identify the dataset and locate it, including the DOI.
The data are stored under open access, unless there are legal, ethical or technology transfer-related reasons which make it impossible to do so. Making these data open leads to definite advantages, which include:
- Promoting transparency and integrity in research.
- Reuse of the data, which creates incentives for new scientific research.
- A return on the investments made by public entities on research.
- The integration of data into networks of repositories at the international level.
Similarly, researchers enjoy advantages when depositing their research data in e-cienciaDatos:
- Complying with the open access requirements on research data which are promoted or required by research financing entities (such as the European Union’s program Horizon 2020).
- Many publishers request that datasets be accessible in order to support the publication’s research outcomes.
- Increasing the visibility and impact of research and researchers, because each dataset placed on deposit can be cited and will have a DOI assigned to it, thereby ensuring that the authors can receive acknowledgement and credit for the impact of their data.
- Reciprocally linking the publication and the data which support the research.
- Associating the researcher’s ORCID with the dataset.
A Data Management Plan is a document that describes how the research data compiled or generated throughout the course of a research project will be handled. Consorcio Madroño offers a tool called PGDonline, with adaptation and translation into Spanish of the DMPonline management tool developed by the Digital Curation Centre in the United Kingdom, as well as the guidelines for Data Management in Horizon 2020.
The EU Commission Report “European Initiative for Cloud Computing: Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe” (19 abril 2016) (19th April 2016) indicates that as of 2017, “The Commission will turn the opening of research data into the default option, nonetheless foreseeing the options of exclusion for all of the new projects in the Horizon 2020 programme.”
The Horizon 2020 Programme requires the projects forming part of the Open Access Research Data Pilot to submit a full Data Management Plan during the first six months of the project.
PGDonline: This is an online tool to help you with the process of creating a Data Management Plan.
e-ciencia, is a project that forms part of the programme for inter-library cooperation between the Region of Madrid and the Consorcio Madroño to create an open, freely accessible digital platform for scientific production in the Region of Madrid.
Via this platform, the Region of Madrid and the Consorcio Madroño are able to offer the scientific community a tool that will help them discover knowledge and transfer it to society.
The e-ciencia project recognises the benefits for society of access to scientific information so follows the principles of the Berlin Declaration and, together with many other initiatives all over the world, is applying these principles with the aim of building a universal area for open access to knowledge.
The project is open to any interested institution and to independent researchers. In addition to the institutional repositories and the search engine that standardises access to them, a non-institutional, free repository is to be created for use by the scientific community. The following repositories currently form part of the e-ciencia project.