Every dataset needs to have one or more contributors associated with the dataset when the dataset is published to Blackfynn Discover. The contributors are listed on the dataset landing page on Blackfynn Discover and can be considered analogous to Authors on a publication. By default, the owner of the dataset is added as the sole contributor to the dataset after creation of the dataset.

Adding Dataset Contributors

Dataset contributors can be added to a dataset from the Settings panel. The order in which the contributors are added will be the same as the order in which contributors are listed on the Blackfynn Discover dataset landing page. You can easily add contributors that are part of your Blackfynn organization and external contributors.

If users have associated an ORCID ID with their user profile, this will be reflected in the list by a green "ID" icon next to the user name. We recommend to associate an ORCID ID with each contributor as this enables anybody that finds the public dataset after publishing, to contact the contributors and engage in a collaboration. 

Note: Contributors are stored as part of the published dataset and it is therefore necessary to associate ORCID IDs before the dataset is published. 

Dataset Contributors from Blackfynn Users

Use the dropdown menu to find users that you want to add as a contributor. The menu contains both users in your organization and any external collaborators that you might have added previously to other datasets. 

External Contributors

If you want to add contributors that are not part of your Blackfynn Organization, you can manually add these by clicking on the "Create Contributor" button. You only have to do this once as saved external collaborators show up in the dropdown menu.

The Corresponding Contributor

Each dataset has a single Corresponding Contributor which is responsible for the published dataset. The Authorized Contributor is required to have an ORCID ID and is separately named in the dataset landing page. The Corresponding Author has to be the owner of the dataset at the time of publishing.

Contributors on Blackfynn Discover

After publishing a dataset, the list of contributors is publicly available on the Discover platform. Additional information is made available for contributors that have an associated ORCID ID. Clicking on the ORCID ID link will open a new window on ORCID.org.


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