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Abstract Reference: 30777
Identifier: O3.4
Presentation: Oral communication
Key Theme: 4 Long-term Management of Data Archives

Linking the Literature to the Data

Levay Karen, Peek Joshua, Weissman Sarah, Lagerstrom Jill, Marrione Amanda, Donaldson Thomas, 

One of the goals for any archive is enabling discovery for data for scientists to use for new science objectives and also to enable scientists to reproduce and utilize results of published data. Currently, authors are limited in how they can utilize the space in their papers to identify the data used in their analysis. Moreover, readers sometimes find it challenging to actually identify the specific data used in the paper, especially those readers unfamiliar with the relevant instrument..

Staff from the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) and the STScI Library have long identified papers from the refereed literature that use data archived at MAST and have provided links between those journal articles and the actual data used. In collaboration with AAS and the EJ Press, MAST has developed a new paradigm for linking the data to the papers. Using DOIs and built on top of the MAST Data Discovery Portal, this new MAST DOI service should reduce the effort by archive staff and greatly improve the completeness and accuracy of data links.