Friday, September 04, 2009

Rhyme and the Reason of Data Sharing

Rhyme and the Reason of Data Sharing: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "Why share? As exemplified in the 'success stories' of data sharing and reuse presented above, there are multiple compelling reasons to share data. These include the following: (1) Many datasets contain far more information than a single laboratory has the time and/or expertise to extract from them. (2) A single data set can often answer many more questions than those that motivated its initial collection. (3) Reuse is cost-effective, particularly for datasets that are expensive and labor-intensive to collect. (4) Sharing promotes collaboration among scientists who might not otherwise interact, and thus has the potential to generate particularly novel hypotheses."

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