Why do we use a "publishing" model? In our view, simply archiving research data, while necessary, is often not sufficient to promote understanding. Data can need many steps of cleanup, review, documentation and revision to be used by different communities. Open Context provides such services, and through collaborative co-production, we work with data authors to publish and archive data ready for broader reuse and understanding.
Anyone can publish their research with Open Context — from individuals to teams, and from junior to senior scholars. Open Context focuses on structured data, meaning the records of spreadsheets or relational databases, together with related media files (such as images and maps). Essentially, we provide publication services for the vast bulk of media that typically cannot fit into a conventional book or article publication. In general, Open Context does not publish or archive PDFs of published or unpublished manuscripts, unless these help document structured datasets. Browse Open Context's projects for examples of the kinds of content we publish.
READY TO PUBLISH? Here are the Steps Below:
The first step is to contact the Open Context editorial team (firstname.lastname@example.org). Because data publishing is a process of co-production, we think it's important to start with a personal contact rather than an impersonal "upload" button.
Authors who publish with Open Context agree to the following terms:
Authors retain copyright and grant Open Context right to publish the work simultaneously licensed under under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share, build upon, and adapt, the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and publication in Open Context. Alternatively, authors may choose to release their work into the Public Domain, which would legally require no such acknowledgement (though research professionalism and social norms strongly encourages proper citation even of public domain materials).
Please Note! While open licensing of research data can have great benefits for research, instruction, and other applications by diverse publics, we emphasize that open licensing is not universally appropriate. In some circumstances, other ethical needs should override open licensing. We ask contributors to be aware of the ethical context of their work so that open licensing is used properly. To learn more, read more about our Intellectual Property policies.
Once a data publication has been accepted by the editorial team and authors accept the Author Agreement, the publishing workflow begins. This workflow involves: