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An empirical study on the performance evaluation of scientific data sharing platforms in China

Li Si (Center for the Studies of Information Resources, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Yueting Li (Department of Library Science, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Xiaozhe Zhuang (Department of Library Science, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Wenming Xing (Department of Library Science, School of Public Administration, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, China)
Xiaoqin Hua (Zhejiang Institute of Hydraulics & Estuary, Hangzhou, China)
Xin Li (Department of Library Science,School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Juanjuan Xin (Department of Library Science, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 15 June 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to conduct performance evaluation of eight main scientific data sharing platforms in China and find existing problems, thus providing reference for maximizing the value of scientific data and enhancing scientific research efficiency.

Design/methodology/approach

First, the authors built an evaluation indicator system for the performance of scientific data sharing platforms. Next, the analytic hierarchy process was employed to set indicator weights. Then, the authors use experts grading method to give scored for each indicator and calculated the scoring results of the scientific data sharing platform performance evaluation. Finally, an analysis of the results was conducted.

Findings

The performance evaluation of eight platforms is arranged by descending order by the value of F: the Data Sharing Infrastructure of Earth System Science (76.962), the Basic Science Data Sharing Center (76.595), the National Scientific Data Sharing Platform for Population and Health (71.577), the China Earthquake Data Center (66.296), the China Meteorological Data Sharing Service System (65.159), the National Agricultural Scientific Data Sharing Center (55.068), the Chinese Forestry Science Data Center (56.894) and the National Scientific Data Sharing & Service Network on Material Environmental Corrosion (Aging) (52.528). And some existing shortcomings such as the relevant policies and regulation, standards of data description and organization, data availability and the services should be improved.

Originality/value

This paper is mainly discussing about the performance evaluation system covering operation management, data resource, platform function, service efficiency and influence of eight scientific data sharing centers and made comparative analysis. It reflected the reality development of scientific data sharing in China.

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Acknowledgements

This paper is one of the research outcomes of a Humanities and Social Sciences Project supported by the Ministry of Education of P.R. China (Project Name: Study on the Guarantee of Scientific Data Integration and Sharing in China, Project No. 13YJA870016).

Citation

Si, L., Li, Y., Zhuang, X., Xing, W., Hua, X., Li, X. and Xin, J. (2015), "An empirical study on the performance evaluation of scientific data sharing platforms in China", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 33 No. 2, pp. 211-229. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-09-2014-0093

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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