"In a further sign of the growing scientific prominence of data sets, Nature Publishing Group has launched a new open-access platform that will peer review and publish detailed descriptions of their contents.
Scientific Data will publish “data descriptors”: citeable descriptions of the contents of data sets that will contain structured information created in-house by NPG.
However, the platform will not host the datasets themselves. These must be made available via other public databases: ideally ones which are “recognised” within their research communities.
The platform, which will open for submissions in the autumn and launch in spring 2014, will focus initially on the life and environmental sciences, before expanding into other areas of the natural sciences."
Read more in The Higher Education, 7 April 2013 by Paul Jump.