Guo Huadong is a Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI). He currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Digital Earth as well as Big Earth Data. He has over 30 years of experience in Earth observation, specializing in radar remote sensing and Digital Earth science, and has published more than 400 papers and sixteen books. We caught up with Prof Huadong to find out more about the journal and to hear editor perspectives on open data.
Open data presents exciting opportunities for research and researchers. Data can be reused and built upon by others, authors can get recognition and credit for the data they produce, and data becomes more findable and discoverable, maximizing the impact of research.
What can open data show, and how will it be used by the journal?
Every day we will have tremendous amounts of data related to human-earth processing. For example, earth observations from space borne, airborne and ground provide us with a huge volume and variety of data on the earth surface. There are also big data on the atmosphere, ocean, geochemistry, geophysics, and other kinds. These data are important for understanding the earth and environmental processes. The interaction of humans with social economic effects help us better understand our living planet.
Open data can help other researchers access data, and re-use it to verify research results from other scientists. The research community could benefit from the openness of data to generate further scientific discovery, and strengthen the research on data-intensive science.
This open access journal aims to provide an efficient and high quality platform for promoting ‘big data’ sharing, processing and analyses in human-earth processing, thereby revolutionizing the cognition of the Earth’s systems.
What advice would you give authors submitting to the journal?
To submit a data paper to this journal, authors should follow the open data policy, putting their research data into a public repository and obtaining a DOI for the data sets. In their paper, an online link to the data repository should be provided along with a data availability statement. This allows the reviewers and readers to download and access the data, helping them better use the data described in the paper.
How and why did you decide to launch an open data journal?
The International Society for Digital Earth (ISDE) is dedicated to promoting the development of Digital Earth in the world. The International Journal of Digital Earth (IJDE), published by Taylor & Francis, is the official publication of the society and has made remarkable achievements. IJDE has been included in Journal Citation Reports since 2009, and is indexed in 12 databases. Currently, IJDE is the unique journal on Digital Earth internationally, and one of the leading journals in the geospatial information field.
Digital Earth is a global initiative aimed at harnessing the world’s data and information resources to quantitatively describe and represent our planet, and to monitor, measure and forecast natural and human activities on the planet. As we are in the big data era, Digital Earth now encompasses big earth data, a new engine of scientific discovery and knowledge innovation for Earth System Science.
Open data involves accessing and sharing of data for re-use and re-purposing, and can stimulate and advance scientific research to overcome data barriers. ISDE encourages the use of public open data in geosciences, supports open data policies for better use of data from information acquisition to scientific discovery. With rich experience publishing IJDE, the society decided to launch IJDE’s sister journal, Big Earth Data. It is expected to strengthen the Society’s Digital Earth research and on big data analytics for achieving the United Nation’s 2030 sustainable development goals.
What advice would you give other editors thinking of making the data open in their journal?
Open data is the call to the global scientific community. The Committee on Data for Science and Technology of the International Science Council promotes principles, policies and practices for open data and open science. Big Earth Data is dedicated to advancing research using open data for human-earth science research, and may set an example for other journals considering open data policies.
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