To share or not to share: publishing research data

Added by Sarah on 06 June 2008 17:19

Constraints are as significant as opportunities when it comes to publishing, locating and accessing research data, according to a new report from the RIN, as there is no consistent approach to the quality and usability of published datasets.

Supported by JISC and the Natural Environment Research Council, the report To share or not to share: Publication and quality assurance of research data outputs, finds that realising the full potential of data requires further progress in data management policies and practice.

It investigates the publication and quality assurance of research data, and is based on the results of more than 100 detailed interviews with researchers across eight subject and cross-disciplinary areas.

The report finds that potentially useful research data are at risk of inaccessibility in the long-term, and there is no consistent approach to assessing and assuring the scholarly content or usability of the datasets being published today. It encourages further progress in data management policies and practices to ensure this valuable data is accessible for future research purposes.


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