Data Sharing by Scientists: Practices and Perceptions

TitleData Sharing by Scientists: Practices and Perceptions
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsTenopir, C, Allard, S, Douglass, K, Aydinoglu, AUmur, Wu, L, Read, E, Manoff, M, Frame, M
JournalPLoS ONE
Date Published2011/06/29/
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1932-6203
AbstractScientific research in the 21st century is more data intensive and collaborative than in the past. It is important to study the data practices of researchers – data accessibility, discovery, re-use, preservation and, particularly, data sharing. Data sharing is a valuable part of the scientific method allowing for verification of results and extending research from prior results. This study surveyed 329 scientists exploring current data sharing practices and perceptions of the barriers and enablers of data sharing. Scientists do not make their data electronically available to others for various reasons, including insufficient time and lack of funding. Most respondents are satisfied with their current processes for the initial and short-term parts of the data or research lifecycle (collecting their research data; searching for, describing or cataloging, analyzing, and short-term storage of their data) but are not satisfied with long-term data preservation. Many organizations do not provide support to their researchers for data management both in the short- and long-term. If certain conditions are met (such as formal citation and sharing reprints) respondents agree they are willing to share their data. There are also significant differences and approaches in data management practices based on primary funding agency, subject discipline, age, work focus, and world region.