Elsevier, the information analytics business specializing in science and health, has launched Mendeley Data, a new, cloud-based platform designed to help universities and researchers manage, share and showcase their research data.
With Mendeley Data, researchers can safely record and share research data while improving its reuse via publication, while universities can showcase institutional outputs and improve their collaboration rate.
The volume, complexity and fragmentation of research data has historically made it difficult for researchers and universities to have a clear, single overview of their data, its quality, and how it is being used. However, there is increasing pressure on institutions to improve their data management and comply with funding bodies’ mandates to share funded research data alongside publications.
Wouter Haak, Elsevier Vice President Product Strategy, said: “Research data is incredibly valuable, but much of its value is currently locked away or lost, and this slows down the pace of scientific advancement. We developed Mendeley Data to provide researchers and universities with an end-to-end solution for data management, from the lab bench all the way to the vice-chancellor’s office.”
Research data management is technically challenging on many levels, particularly because the data is often sensitive (for example, involving patient medical records) or housed in separate silos. Some research data is still typically recorded in paper notebooks, necessitating expensive and time-consuming re-work if notes are lost. Many researchers and institutions also lack the ability to securely and easily share their data with collaborators around the world, which limits their exposure.
Mendeley Data offers a flexible solution and services to help meet the needs of institutions and their researchers. The platform provides researchers with an easy way to collect and keep track of their data without the need for any extra admin work. Data collection ensures their work complies with funding body requirements and increases data reuse, which in turn improves the scientific impact of their work. Institutions can use the same platform to help them demonstrate research impact, comply with funder mandates to share research data, and enhance intra- and inter-institutional collaboration.
Mendeley Data is an open system that uses a modular approach, enabling institutions to easily integrate through open APIs across multiple workflows and other solutions, including homegrown tools and open data repositories. The data is sharable yet still owned by the institution.
Mendeley Data is a new solution in Elsevier’s Research Intelligence portfolio, which also includes Scopus, SciVal, Pure, and bepress. These solutions serve to answer the most pressing challenges researchers, librarians and university administrators face. Combined, they help improve an institution’s and individual’s ability to establish, execute and evaluate their research strategy and performance. More than 4,000 leading universities, research institutes, funders and policymakers use Elsevier’s Research Intelligence solutions.
Elsevier will host a launch webinar to share more details of our solution on 5 April 2018 at 16:00 CET; registration is open all and in particular, to librarians and research administrators who are responsible for research data management at their institutions. Register at: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/13819/308109