Make Data Count - RDA 10th Plenary BoF meeting

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Meeting title

Birds of a Feather on Usage Metrics for Data

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

Usage and citation metrics are essential to gauging reach and measuring the impact of data. Currently, RDA groups are focused on determining best practices in data citation and linking data with publications. However, in order for data to be considered a first class research output, we must also build a common standard to measure how often data is being used. 
This Birds of a Feather will focus on data usage metrics. We will review landscape studies and community research conducted by the NSF and Sloan-funded projects -- Make Data Count. We will discuss the obstacles to adoption of a data usage metric and lay the foundation for how we can best overcome them. We will engage with the RDA community by introducing an early draft of a new COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data and ask for community input and feedback. 
This BoF will engage all members of RDA in this discussion and we expect specific interest from the Publishing Data Workflows Working Group, Scholarly Link Exchange (Scholix) Working Group, BioSharing Registry Working Group, and the PID Interest Group. We understand ‘usage’ as a concept is difficult to define in the data world, but together we can create a standard way of tracking usage and fill a gap in data metrics.

Make Data Count team: John Chodacki, Patricia Cruse, Martin Fenner, Daniella Lowenberg, Amber Budden, Matt Jones, Laura Rueda, Stephen Abrams, Dave Vieglais, Kristian Garza 

Additional links to informative material related to the group i.e. group page, Case statement, working documents etc

Make Data Count website (
COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data (to be attached pre-RDA)
Making Data Count pilot project publications: 

Meeting objectives

Engage with data metrics community and identify future work partners
Receive community input and feedback on draft of COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data

Meeting agenda

Introduction: goals & team (5 min)
Presentation of landscape survey of current Data Usage projects (10 min) 
Discussion on the hurdles for adoption of data usage standards (10 min)
Presentation of first iteration COUNTER Code of Practice for Research Data (10 min)
Discussion of pain points, use cases, and feedback on Code of Practice (20 min)
Next steps and how to stay involved (5 min)


We are looking to engage with those working within the data metrics space, and hoping to receive input from across disciplines and perspectives (from metrics to publishers to repositories). Participants should familiarize themselves with the goals of the Make Data Count project located on our website and be ready to give input and feedback on our first iteration of recommendations for measuring data usage.

Group chair serving as contact person: Daniella Lowenberg, John Chodacki, Patricia Cruse

Type of meeting: Working meeting

Session Room: Mansfield 8

Session Time:  Wednesday 20 September, Breakout 5, 13:30 - 15:00

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