Improving the transparency and reproducibility of research by means of data accessibility

Friday 16 June 2017

In an article published on their website on June 12th, Nature encourages open data sharing and the use of open data platforms. According to Nature there are good reasons for sharing open data. “It speeds research, allowing others to build promptly on results. It improves replicability. It enables scientists to test whether claims in a paper truly effect the whole data set. And it improves the attribution of credit to the data’s originators.”

Despite arguments pro-data sharing, the current situation concerning transparency and reproducibility of research by means of data accessibility are less promising. Often research-funding agencies lack the funds to offer platforms for data sharing and resist responsibility for such infrastructure. According to Nature “government agencies hope that universities will host data, but the development of institutional repositories is patchy, and to rely on them is effectively to discourage common data standards and curation.”

Science is increasingly collaborative. Clear standards and platforms for data sharing are needed in order to speed up discoveries and to make research more transparent and reproducible. Nature expresses its will to help mandate the use of standards and repositories established by researchers as a condition of publication.

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