Nullius in Verba: Advancing Data Transparency in Industrial Ecology

12 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2018

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Edgar Hertwich

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Niko Heeren

ETH Zurich - Institute of Environmental Engineering

Brandon Kuczenski

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Guillaume Majeau‐Bettez

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Rupert J. Myers

University of Edinburgh

Stefan Pauliuk

University of Freiburg

Konstantin Stadler

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Department of Industrial Economics and Technology

Reid Lifset

Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Date Written: February 2018

Abstract

With the growth of the field of industrial ecology (IE), research and results have increased significantly leading to a desire for better utilization of the accumulated data in more sophisticated analyses. This implies the need for greater transparency, accessibility, and reusability of IE data, paralleling the considerable momentum throughout the sciences. The Data Transparency Task Force (DTTF) was convened by the governing council of the International Society for Industrial Ecology in late 2016 to propose best‐practice guidelines and incentives for sharing data. In this article, the members of the DTTF present an overview of developments toward transparent and accessible data within the IE community and more broadly. We argue that increased transparency, accessibility, and reusability of IE data will enhance IE research by enabling more detailed and reproducible research, and also facilitate meta‐analyses. These benefits will make the results of IE work more timely. They will enable independent verification of results, thus increasing their credibility and quality. They will also make the uptake of IE research results easier within IE and in other fields as well as by decision makers and sustainability practitioners, thus increasing the overall relevance and impact of the field. Here, we present two initial actions intended to advance these goals: (1) a minimum publication requirement for IE research to be adopted by the Journal of Industrial Ecology; and (2) a system of optional data openness badges rewarding journal articles that contain transparent and accessible data. These actions will help the IE community to move toward data transparency and accessibility. We close with a discussion of potential future initiatives that could build on the minimum requirements and the data openness badge system.

Keywords: academic publishing, data accessibility, data transparency, industrial ecology, open science, publication requirements

Suggested Citation

Hertwich, Edgar and Heeren, Niko and Kuczenski, Brandon and Majeau‐Bettez, Guillaume and Myers, Rupert J. and Pauliuk, Stefan and Stadler, Konstantin and Lifset, Reid, Nullius in Verba: Advancing Data Transparency in Industrial Ecology (February 2018). Journal of Industrial Ecology, Vol. 22, Issue 1, pp. 6-17, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3121849 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12738

Edgar Hertwich (Contact Author)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) ( email )

Trondheim NO-7491
Norway

Niko Heeren

ETH Zurich - Institute of Environmental Engineering

Rämistrasse 101
ZUE F7
Zürich, 8092
Switzerland

Brandon Kuczenski

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Santa Barbara, CA 93106
United States

Guillaume Majeau‐Bettez

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Trondheim NO-7491
Norway

Rupert J. Myers

University of Edinburgh

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9JY
United Kingdom

Stefan Pauliuk

University of Freiburg ( email )

Fahnenbergplatz
Freiburg, D-79085
Germany

Konstantin Stadler

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - Department of Industrial Economics and Technology ( email )

NO-7491 Trondheim
Norway

Reid Lifset

Yale University - School of Forestry and Environmental Studies ( email )

New Haven, CT 06511
United States

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