Open Science is becoming a central feature of modern research. Key movements within Open Science – such as Open Access publication, Open Data and data sharing, and Open Educational Resources – are becoming integral features of our understanding of responsible research practices. Despite widespread individual, institutional and national support for Open Science, it is widely recognized that achieving openness in research requires personal, financial and institutional commitment. Indeed, there is no “one size that fits all” when it comes to being an open researcher.
The challenges of achieving openness in research are particularly pronounced in relation to data sharing. The variability of research data formats, methods of collection and modes of dissemination and re-use necessitate that individual researchers develop research/context-appropriate methods for sharing their data. In this Pint of Ethics session we discuss issues of data sharing in detail. In particular, we consider questions such as:
- Personal concerns around sharing data
- Balancing commitments to study participants, collaborators and institutions with a commitment to data sharing
- Knowing where, when and how to share data
- Ensuring that the data that are shared are accessible to all stakeholders who could re-use it
This is not a technical session about research data management, but rather an opportunity to discuss the sharing of research data, air concerns about Open Data/data sharing and hear about the experiences of others who have engaged in these Open Science practices.