About Mahalo Button
What is mahalo?
'Mahalo' is a Hawaiian word for ‘thank you,’ but it has a broader meaning such as admiration, praise, esteem, regards and respects (Mary Kawena Pukui et al., Hawaiian Dictionary, 1986).
Data creators should be rewarded by credit, such as data citation, but the current reward system is heavy-weight.
A light-weight system called ‘Mahalo Button’ for data users to express gratitude directly to data creators. ‘A network of gratitude’ grows by (voluntary) actions of data users.
- Pay-back incentive: Data users can express gratitude by a button push, which is a popular action on today’s Internet (e.g. Like button).
- Pay-forward incentive: Data creators’ landing page becomes a hub of information, and data users can contribute to future generations by sharing methods and results of the same data.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
DOI as a gift
The concept of ‘Mahalo Button’ is for data users to give DOI as a gift for data creators, making a new connection at the button.
DOI is expected to be less vulnerable to spam (at least for the moment), and it is more sustainable than URI to keep accessibility.
Impact of the data
Impact can be measured by the number of DOI returned, which has similar meaning with data citation.
Try Mahalo Button
You can try this demo button to check how the button works. Note that users can freely add any DOIs.
Publications on Mahalo Project
The following is a list of publications on Mahalo Project.
- Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Mahalo project: a lightweight solution for connecting data creators and users with pay-back and pay-forward incentives", Japan Open Science Summit 2018, June 2018.
- Asanobu KITAMOTO, "Return on publication (RoP): “DOI return button” for networking data creators and users with pay-back and pay-forward incentives", Abstracts of Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) Meeting 2018, No. MGI23-P06, May 2018.