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cc0 vs. the world

Today I had some discussion that stirred up my desire to say, in a loud voice: "But look here, if it is credit you want, then the best way to get it is if your data are cc0, it's even better than cc-by!" So I tweeted:
#informatics need a study. If a dataset/paper is CC0 does it increase the *citations* relative to *any* more restrictive CC (I suspect so).
— Matt Yoder (@mjyoder) July 30, 2014 TL;DR There are lots of hints, but apparently no direct studies that address this.

Two important bits of clarification based on my original thoughts. I was only interested in cc licensed data. I was not asking whether cc0 data is reused more than other cc- data, just whether cc0 data gets *cited* (yes, citations = bad metric, so use a generic "pointed to" perhaps) more than other cc- data, particularly cc-by.

The basic premise is that the best way to (ultimately) bring focus to your work is to make it completely free, and that this will bring more attention, in the lon…

A Russian Invasion

A short note to mention that the Species File Group is in the process of hiring a new full time member, Dr. Dmitry Dmitriev.  Dmitry brings with him a wealth of experience both with respect to collections and biodiversity informatics. Among many other things, he's the author of 3i, a really nice set of biodiversity informatics tools.  In part he'll be taking his experience and data with 3i and moving it into TaxonWorks.

We'd also like to welcome Yuri Ruskov to the Species File Group offices.  Yuri works with the Catalog of Life, but he will now be housed with us. Yuri has his finger on the pulse of a very large number of orphaned yet imported taxonomic databases, and we hope to collaborate to bring these into a modern platform like TaxonWorks, his proximity will facilitate this process.

Welcome to both!

Guest Post: Notes on mx: Lessons from Treehoppers

In response to our previous post this is a guest post from Lewis L. Deitz, Department of Entomology. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Thanks for the feedback Lew, you've set some lofty goals for us to reach!

I sincerely appreciate the creation of this blog for user input. I urge other users to set aside time to share their recommendations. A great deal is outstanding about mx, even though my focus is necessarily on items that I feel might be improved. My suggestions stem from work in developing the Treehoppers Website and Database. We bulk-loaded taxon data for higher categories and genera from spreadsheets. I fear that refining these data and back-filling data that did not quite fit mx formats will require a tremendous amount of time and effort. It is my hope that the lessons learned from my experience will prove helpful to future mx projects and the development of mx/TaxonWorks.

Database as Work in Progress: Need for Draft Data and Explanatory Data I have…