FORCE11 and the Data Citation Implementation Pilot Project (DCIPP)



Maryann Martone, PhD, UC San Diego
Tim Clark, PhD, Harvard Medical School



FORCE11 has been awarded supplemental funding as part of the NIH BD2K bioCADDIE project to extend the work of the FORCE11 Data Citation Implementation Group by organizing a Data Citation Implementation Pilot Project (DCIPP).  

Members of the FORCE11 community have been participating in NIH meetings and bioCADDIE workshops and contributed substantial materials to the bioCADDIE white paper outlining the vision for a Data Discovery Index produced by bioCADDIE. Concrete plans were formulated by members of the community to conduct a pilot project on data citation with international partners based on the FORCE2015 bioCADDIE data citation workshop and the joint Elixir-BD2K workshop held in January 2015. At both of these workshops, significant support was expressed for testing the proposed implementation of the Joint Declaration of Data Citation Principles (JDDCP), developed by the FORCE11 Data Citation Implementation Group.  The joint Elixir-BD2K workshop recommended a data citation pilot project as one of two outcomes of the meeting.


  • Our primary goal is to provide basic coordination between publishers, repositories and identifier / metadata services for early adopters of data citation according to the JDDCP.
  • To meet this goal we will provide authoritative guidance and group consultation on data citation implementation to help establish one or more benchmark implementations of data citation based on (a) JDDCP and (b) Starr et al 2015, its cross-domain implementation guidance.
  • The period of performance will be one year, during which we hope to enable several exemplar implementations by important early adopters across key use cases and provide group consensus on lessons learned to the community.
  • As part of this activity, we expect to publish several peer-reviewed articles and a final report.
  • Our first article, on the JDDCP for Nature Scientific Data, is in preparation.
  • We are also planning a peer-reviewed article submission based on Debbie Lapeyre’s 2015 white paper on citing data in JATS.
  • We will cooperate with CODATA’s outreach in their broad international workshops on data citation as complementary to the focused early adopter approach we will support.

Group Members

A list of all members is available here