Datasea is a Spanish initiative to improve the know-how and best practices in research data storage and curation. Research data confirm the progress of science, but "the data value lies in its use" (Bits of Power, 1997). To maximize its cost, national and international organizations are improving mechanisms to share, analyse and preserve them. Both, the leaders of the G8 summit (June 2013) as the Communication of the European Commission Towards a thriving data-driven economy, indicate that the data derived from research and the results of scientific experiments are particularly valuable. The current paradigm of science, based on the evaluation of publications and patents, gradually includes data as a key piece of the value chain. Data are very different and belong to the long tail, or little data (Borgman, 2015).
The ultimate goal of this social change is to build an economy based on data-intensive economy. But the ecosystem of data is complex. It is related to the progress of the release of government data and transparency; also with aspects of open science, open access to publications and the socio-technical infrastructure of science; and finally with the techniques that analyses the patterns that hide the data (data mining).
Periodically, science disclosed new fields of knowledge that soon become unique opportunities for those countries that recognize its importance. The Spanish scientific community as emerged country has remained outside -biotechnology several revolutions (60s), digital (70s), genetic (90s)- and its economic benefits have not reversed in our institutions and companies. We are in the critical moment when a new revolution based on the reuse of scientific data begins. Our proposal is ahead of others and explores the possibilities of reuse in a global environment. It is not only asking our scientists to deposit their data in repositories, but rather to find out
what mechanisms exist to measure the reuse of data. We look forward to be the first of discovering this new potential of open data. This proposal precedes the results obtained during the previous ODASCI project. Between 2013-1015 we started a base of knowledge on the Spanish authors behaviour, advocacy campaigns and a discovery tool to collect URLs that can contain datasets: OPENDATASCIENCE.


The DATASEA overall objective is to describe the data publication and consume models, and to explore appropriate methods to measure the use of research data.

DATASEA aims to provide solutions at international level to discover and use the data. Specific objectives:
  1.  Develop a web portal focused on stakeholders (scientists and research managers). It will gather information not registered by another agency internationally: journals that support data and public data sources

  1.  Provide reliable knowledge about the researchers behaviour in Spain. It will provide mechanisms to develop recommendations to measure data sharing, level of data re-use, with the aim of delivering advocacy campaigns to help Spanish scientist to take advantage in this special moment

Work plan

     1.1. Identify the needs of national users
     1.2. Develop a journals platform 
     1.3. Register data sources and public services for research

     2.1. Share national and international knowledge about the behavior of Spanish researchers regarding their data
     2.2. Study metrics to analyze the production and reuse of data
     2.3. Data literacy campaigns and datasharing promotion

Datasea Models to publish, consume and measure the reuse of research data: across institutional and geographical boundaries

CSO2015-65594-C2-1R and 2R (MINECO/FEDER, UE)


Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Gobierno de España y FEDER, UE. Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad

36.300 euros (UPV) y  39.930 euros (UV)


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Funded by: Models to publish, consume and measure the reuse of research data: across institutional and geographical boundaries CSO2015-65594-C2-1R & 2R (MINECO/FEDER, UE)
DATASEA 2012-2018