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Why Share Data?

Data sharing...

  • Helps to avoid duplication, thereby reducing costs and wasted effort
  • Promotes scientific integrity and debate
  • Enables scrutiny of research findings and allows for validation of results
  • Leads to news collaborations between data users and data creators
  • Improves research and leads to better science increases citations*

* A study by Piwowar, Day and Fridsma showed a 69% increase in citation,

More Resources

Open Data Presentation for Open Access Week 2013 by Margaret Henderson

NIH Data Sharing Policy

Why data-sharing policies matter. Guttmacher, Nabel and Collins. 2009. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(40).

The Importance of Clinical Trial Data Sharing: Toward More Open Science. Ross, Lehman and Gross. 2012. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes 5: 238-240. 

Why Is Data Management Important? from the University of Edinburgh

Closed Data ... Excuses, Excuses from the UC3 Data Pub Blog. April 24, 2013.

Open Data Impact

This TEDMED 2012 Talk is a great example of the use of open data, much of it from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).