The Make Data Count (MDC) initiative is funded by the Alfred P. SloanĀ FoundationĀ to drive adoption of the building blocks for open data metrics: standardized data usage and data citation practices at repositories and publishers.
The initiative is focused on addressing the significant social as well as technical barriers to widespread development of open data metrics. Since 2014, the initiative has worked to develop and deploy infrastructure for data-level metrics. Driven by project partners at California Digital Library, Crossref, DataCite, DataONE, ScholCommLab, University of Ottawa, and ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, our goals are to produce evidence based studies on researcher behavior in citing and using data, as well as drive a community of practice around open, normalized data usage and data citation.