The Value of Data – Nanopublications

In a paper on “The value of data” published in Nature Genetics Barend Mons et al suggested that:

Data citation and the derivation of semantic constructs directly from datasets have now both found their place in scientific communication. The social challenge facing us is to maintain the value of traditional narrative publications and their relationship to the datasets they report upon while at the same time developing appropriate metrics for citation of data and data constructs.

The paper describes how the authors “propose a new way to represent data, information and, in particular, assertions in the form of nanopublications“.

Interesting. Now are researchers, developers and other who engage in discussions and debate on Twitter similarly making assertions which may be open to clarification or subject to rebuttal in a similar way?