BioSharing Information Resource - Enhancements Questionnaire

BioSharing is an Information Resource that maps the landscape of community developed content standards in the life sciences, to ensure these are informative and discoverable, monitoring their (i) development, evolution and integration; (ii) implementation and use in databases; and (iii) adoption in data policies by funders and journals. More at https://www.biosharing.org

An initial survey of the nascent RDA/Force11 BioSharing Working Group and Advisory Board (https://www.biosharing.org/communities) produced a list of possible enhancements and features for the registry. We would like you to help us decide which new features are most important to you so that we can prioritize our work. You will be presented with a number of possible enhancements, all suggested by respondents to the original request for use cases. You then choose the level of importance each feature has for your work.

Thank you very much for your time!

The BioSharing Operational Team (biosharing-contact-us@lists.sf.net)

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    Enhancements Across Information Resources

    This section of the questionnaire covers enhancements to BioSharing that would affect the entire site (standards, databases, policies, and views where applicable) as opposed to one particular area or record type.
    User endorsements of records
    Journal/funder endorsements (via policy documents?)
    Link records with events such as meetings on that topic
    Record when a standard, database or policy was last updated by the owning community
    Predicting tags for records based on publication abstracts (via PMID) or based on the user's description
    Versioning system to allow documentation of changes to the underlying resource
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    Policy Information Resource

    This section covers possible enhancements to policy records (https://www.biosharing.org/policies) on BioSharing.
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    Standards Information Resource

    This section covers possible enhancements to standards records (https://www.biosharing.org/standards/) on BioSharing.
    Include journal checklists (i.e. standards guidelines for authors) as reporting guideline records
    Provide journal checklist templates to improve and aid author compliance, perhaps based on a View structure
    Clearer display of exactly what sorts of data each standard is good for
    Is the standard community endorsed?
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    Database Information Resource

    This section covers possible enhancements to database records (https://www.biosharing.org/biodbcore/) on BioSharing.
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    Data preservation requirements
    Cost of submission information
    Data access (unrestricted/restricted)
    Human / machine readable
    Unique persistent identifiers used
    Can datasets be deleted by creator
    Retracted datasets remain in place with a retraction notice
    New persistent ID created
    Quality Control: No curation, curation, or curation + peer review
    Ethics: Repository’s specific ethical requirements (e.g. de-identification, IRB approval etc.)
    Addition of links (if present) to re3data records
    Size of current user base
    Number of datasets are currently hosted by the repository
    Restrictions (if any) on who may deposit data
    Provide method of describing acceptable I/O data types which are non-compliant with known standards
    Maximum file size accepted by resource
    Description of limitations (if any) on number of data items a user can submit
    A method of storing if individual records in the resource have their own licensing statements?
    Type of identifier minted (e.g. DOIs)
    Whether or not data can be modified or removed after deposition to the resource
    Store information about cost to researchers wishing to deposit their data
    Is persistent access to data guaranteed?
    current and long-term cost recovery plans
    If funded via academic grant, plan for maintaining access to hosted data should funding be withdrawn in the future
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    Views

    This section covers possible enhancements to Views (https://www.biosharing.org/views/) on BioSharing.
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    Metrics for Scoring All Types of BioSharing Records

    Many respondents have stated that having more ways of rating records would be very useful. Some respondents have described a need for respected, neutral authorities to classify and assess which are suitable repositories and resources, and BioSharing would be a good fit for this role. This section outlines their recommendations in this regard that would work across all standards, policies and databases.
    Amount of/percentage coverage for particular scientific communities (are there gaps?)
    Number of journals using the resource
    Last updated and frequency of updates of the underlying resource
    Last viewed and frequency of views within BioSharing
    Activity/strength of a particular community
    Record most recently commented on (if comments were allowed)
    Relevance of a record
    Reputation of a resource
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    Metrics for Standards Records

    Many respondents have stated that having more ways of rating records would be very useful. This section outlines their recommendations in this regard that would work for standards records.
    Frequency of adoption/Quality of standards by groups.
    Number of mentions in data policies
    Number of databases using the standard
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    Metrics for Database Records

    Many respondents have stated that having more ways of rating records would be very useful. This section outlines their recommendations in this regard that would work for database records.
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    Badges for Records as an Alternative Metric

    Some respondents described certain methods of scoring records that would not be as numbers based as the metrics already described above. We could have badges that resources aspire to attain based on how well they meet certain criteria. A badge could have different levels (e.g. gold, silver and bronze) based on how well they've met the criteria. These may reward resources and contributors for the quality of their resource and also perhaps for helping us through claiming a record. Badging would be a particularly good idea for those metrics where we don't want to penalize a resource for being newly-entered into the public arena. For instance a new resource cannot be highly cited until a paper has been published for a while. Therefore a badge for being highly cited is a better alternative to a low score on a metric which they cannot change (due to it being a new resource).
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    Highly Cited Badge
    Openness Badge
    Activity Badge
    Stability Badge
    "Core" Resource Badge
    Sustainability Badge
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    Credit for Maintainers

    We do not want to directly compare users via metrics, but enhancements and badges for achievements like the following could give them a sense of reward and acknowledgement. It would be nice to make the claimant more prominent so their work is recognized more appropriately.
    Make their claim section more visible
    Have a featured record and user of the month
    Recognition as a resource maintainer or developer could be added to people's ORCID profile via BioSharing.
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    Badges for Users

    We may also want to encourage our users through the use of badges.
    Would you like to see badges for users?
    Number of claimed records
    Level of profile completeness
    Their connectivity against the average connectivity of BioSharing records
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    Tutorials and Examples

    A number of people have pointed out that examples of usage, primarily of standards, would be useful. Users may switch fields of study and not know where to start, or they may be bioinformaticians who are familiar with one field but not another.
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