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Make Data Count (MDC)

Members from the UC3 team are collaborating with DataCite and DataONE on an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded project to develop and deploy the social and technical infrastructure necessary to elevate data to a first-class research output alongside more traditional products, such as publications. It will run between May 2017 and April 2019.

The project will address the significant social as well as technical barriers to widespread incorporation of data-level metrics in the research data management ecosystem through consultation, recommendation, new technical capability, and community outreach.

The project has four main objectives:

  1. to publish a new COUNTER code of practice regarding how data usage and impact should be meaningfully measured and reported;
  2. to deploy a data-level metrics (DLM) aggregation and publication service based on the open-source Lagotto software and hosted by DataCite;
  3. to integrate the DLM service with new exemplar data sources and clients; and
  4. to perform advocacy and training regarding the importance and use of DLM to develop engaged communities of practice and support.

For more information about Make Data Count please visit our website ( or find us on twitter @makedatacount

Making Data Count Pilot Project Papers & Presentations