To share or not to share? Show me the data?
This blog post will not provide answers. Only generate further questions!
Many scientists and engineers in academia advocate for open access of scientific and engineering publications. Is it just sufficient to communicate ones research through publications? What about all the data / code / experiments / simulations / mathematical equations / formulae, etc. that make up those publications? Shouldn’t they also be made open and accessible to all?
Where should the value and emphasis be put: the published paper or the data / code / experiments / simulations / mathematical equations / formulae, etc., that make up the published paper?
Furthermore, academics and research groups from various universities (and countries) often work together on one project; how do they communicate their findings? How do they share and exchange data amongst each other? How do they verify and validate each other’s work?
The question of whether to share or not to share science and engineering data with others is a recurring one and deserves some serious attention.
Now, If people are presented with incentives (monetary or otherwise), would they be more willing to share and exchange data? If proper online infrastructure are available, would people be more willing to share and exchange data? If robust mechanisms are in place to verify how the exchanged and shared data is being used and by whom, would people be more willing to share and exchange data?
We will address these issues in future posts. Stay tuned.