DataCite’s Vision: Paving the Way for a Brighter, More Open, and Collaborative Future in Advancing Knowledge

In the evolving landscape of open scholarly infrastructure, DataCite is more than an organization; it’s a thriving community of dedicated stakeholders around the globe. Together we have embarked on a journey to redefine the way we interact with research outputs and resources. With our updated tagline, “Connecting Research, Advancing Knowledge,” DataCite is setting a transformative course for the research community. We’re not just witnessing a transition; we are emphasizing an approach that looks to the future.

The Essence of DataCite

Since our journey began in 2009, DataCite has represented more than just the identification of research outputs and resources. DataCite was founded by community members that recognized the need for a robust, community-led infrastructure, and since its inception, the metadata schema and community-led working group have been crucial to our community activities and underpin the open infrastructure ecosystem that we have built across the DataCite community. We are a vibrant community dedicated to making research more accessible, collaborative, and influential. DataCite continues to enable stakeholders to effortlessly link their outputs and resources into the global research landscape by registering DOIs and metadata.

The Vision: “Connecting Research, Advancing Knowledge”

Our updated tagline, “Connecting Research, Advancing Knowledge,” signifies an important shift in perspective and alignment with the reality of our community. We have moved beyond the mere identification of knowledge; we are now actively engaged in advancing it.

  • Fostering Collaboration: DataCite is all about connections, not just between articles and datasets, but between the research outputs and resources throughout the research lifecycle. It’s a community where collaboration thrives, where different minds meet and spark new ideas. It’s a space that transcends boundaries and encourages collective progress.
  • Knowledge Dissemination: Beyond identification, DataCite is now a driving force behind knowledge dissemination. We support the global community in making their research outputs and resources not only accessible but also impactful. It’s an open infrastructure where knowledge is not just stored but shared, where findings are not just noted but made widely available for all.
  • Promoting Open Science: DataCite embraces the principles of Open Science, where the walls surrounding research are torn down, and the treasures of knowledge are accessible to everyone. It’s a community that values openness, transparency, and the democratization of research.
  • Research Outputs and Resources’ Vital Role: DataCite understands that research outputs and resources are not passive elements in the process of research; they are dynamic entities that drive knowledge forward. They’re not just identified; they’re actively contributing to the growth of knowledge.

The Journey Ahead

Our journey is not just about where we have been, but where we are going. The future holds exciting promises for our community of knowledge pioneers. As we move forward, DataCite is committed to:

  • Enabling Collaborative Research: DataCite will continue to be the hub where stakeholders from across the globe come together to collaborate, innovate, and explore new horizons.
  • Empowering Knowledge Dissemination: The emphasis will be on enabling an ecosystem where researchers can share their work effectively, ensuring that knowledge reaches where it’s needed the most.
  • Advancing Open Science: DataCite is a flagbearer of Open Science Principles, and we will champion the cause even more passionately in the future.
  • Elevating Research Outputs and Resources: These elements are not just data points; they are the torchbearers of innovation. DataCite will continue to highlight our dynamic role in the advancement of knowledge.

In this ever-evolving landscape of knowledge, DataCite’s vision is not just a tagline but a commitment to a brighter, more open, and more collaborative future. It’s a call to action for the entire research community, a call to join hands, connect research, and advance knowledge together. The journey has just begun, and the road ahead is full of promise and potential. Together, we can change the way we engage with knowledge, and the DataCite community are leading the way!

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Matthew Buys
Matt Buys
Executive Director at DataCite | Blog posts