May 22, 2022

Thomson Reuters Launches Data Citation Index for Discovering Global Data Sets

Note: TR first announced that Data Citation Index was in the works during ALA.

From Thomson Reuters:

The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters announced today the launch of the Data Citation Index, a research resource within the Web of Knowledge to facilitate the discovery, use and attribution of data sets and data studies that also link to peer-reviewed literature.

This new research resource from Thomson Reuters creates a single source of discovery for scientific, social sciences and arts and humanities information. It provides a single access point to discover foundational research within data repositories around the world in the broader context of peer-reviewed literature in journals, books, and conference proceedings already indexed in the Web of Knowledge.


“Data is not like a narrative—you don’t know its value and utility until it’s used. In this regard, we’re doing everything we can to promote sharing of data from our archives,” said John Kunze, associate director of the California Digital Library’s UC Curation Center. “The Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters is helping to turn the tide.”


“It is an honor to partner with Thomson Reuters in the building of the Data Citation Index,” said Mary Vardigan, assistant director of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). “By enhancing the discoverability of data through the Data Citation Index, Thomson Reuters is highlighting the importance of research data in the scientific process.”

TR also released this white paper today, “Collaborative Science: Solving the Issues of Discovery, Attribution and Measurement in Data Sharing” (PDF)

Read the Complete Announcement

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