Thursday, June 12, 2008

To Share or Not To Share: Publication and Quality Assurance of Research Data Results

Recently released report from UK Research Information Network (RIN) has a summary as well as links to the full report. The report is based upon analysis on 100+ in-depth interviews.

Couple of suggestive results to us are:
  1. a number of factors (e.g. lack of explicit career rewards, a wish to retain exclusive use of the data until their publication value has been exhausted, a lack of time, resources, expertise, or an appropriate archive service) constrain the publishing of research data; and
  2. there is need for evaluating quality of research data and making them more searchable accessible, and usable.

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