After being given the green light by research ministers earlier this year, an ambitious initiative to enable Europe’s 1.7 million researchers to share data and research tools is now on course to be launched before the end of the year. But what should the next steps be?
Practical Challenges for Researchers in Data Sharing
In one of the largest surveys of researchers about research data (with over 7,700 respondents), Springer Nature finds widespread data sharing associated with published works and a desire from researchers that their data are discoverable.
Why Every Researcher Should Care About Open Citations
What happens when you cite someone’s research? Have you ever wondered what happens with citation data that you produce and how it is being used by others? Citation data is not released automatically - by default the references are hidden from the public eye and can only be obtained from Crossref with specific consent from the publisher.
Without Urgent Action Big and Open Data May Widen Existing Inequalities and Social Divides
The unsustainable nature of the digital data landscape, the quality and credibility of the data themselves, and how data sources currently represent only privileged individuals, are challenges that can be overcome, but to do so requires significant investment in key data governance priorities.