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Ithaka S+R, New York, New York, USA, May 13, 2019.


Open access material. License: Creative Commons International 4.0 Attribution, Non-Commercial.


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The Data Community

This issue brief focuses on understanding what makes scholars willing to share their data – and on applying that understanding strategically in order to improve and increase sharing going forward. We recognize that this is only one aspect of the work that is needed in this area. Numerous professional organizations (CODATA, DCC, FORCE11, GO FAIR, RDA, and RDAP, to name just a few), in addition to a panoply of smaller projects and working groups, are making significant strides in defining standards and best practices in important technical areas such as metadata creation, discoverability, machine readability, and long-term preservation. These efforts hold out the promise that in the future scholars will share their data in ways that maximize its usefulness for research innovation. However, there is also a need to address scholarly practice on a much more fundamental level. The best policies and standards achieve little without buy-in from the research community, and our research shows that in most fields that buy-in has not yet been achieved. Put simply, STEM researchers must be convinced to share their data in the first place before they can be taught how to share it well.