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Nullius in Verba: Advancing data transparency in industrial ecology

Edgar Hertwich, Niko Heeren, Brandon Kuczenski, Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, Rupert J. Myers, Stefan Pauliuk, Konstantin Stadler, Reid Lifset

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With the growth of the field of industrial ecology (IE), research and results have increasedsignificantly leading to a desire for better utilization of the accumulated data in more sophisticatedanalyses. This implies the need for greater transparency, accessibility, and reusabilityof IE data, paralleling the considerable momentum throughout the sciences. The DataTransparency Task Force (DTTF) was convened by the governing council of the InternationalSociety for Industrial Ecology in late 2016 to propose best-practice guidelines andincentives for sharing data. In this article, the members of the DTTF present an overview ofdevelopments toward transparent and accessible data within the IE community and morebroadly. We argue that increased transparency, accessibility, and reusability of IE data willenhance IE research by enabling more detailed and reproducible research, and also facilitatemeta-analyses. These benefits will make the results of IE work more timely. They will enableindependent verification of results, thus increasing their credibility and quality. They will alsomake the uptake of IE research results easier within IE and in other fields as well as bydecision makers and sustainability practitioners, thus increasing the overall relevance andimpact 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 ofIndustrial Ecology; and (2) a system of optional data openness badges rewarding journal articlesthat contain transparent and accessible data. These actions will help the IE communityto move toward data transparency and accessibility.We close with a discussion of potentialfuture initiatives that could build on the minimum requirements and the data opennessbadge system.

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academic publishing; data accessibility; data transparency; industrial ecology; open science; publication requirements

Subjects: 1500 Environmental engineering > 1500 Environmental engineering
8000 Social sciences and humanities > 8000 Social sciences and humanities
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Research Center: CIRAIG - International Reference Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/4940/
Journal Title: Journal of Industrial Ecology (vol. 22, no. 1)
Publisher: Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12738
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12738
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2022 12:15
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2022 12:25
Cite in APA 7: Hertwich, E., Heeren, N., Kuczenski, B., Majeau-Bettez, G., Myers, R. J., Pauliuk, S., Stadler, K., & Lifset, R. (2018). Nullius in Verba: Advancing data transparency in industrial ecology. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 22(1), 6-17. https://doi.org/10.1111/jiec.12738


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