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Identifying and Removing Barriers for Sharing Sciencfic Data

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Laurents Sesink
Data Archiving & Networked Services, DANS

The area of depositing and making research data available is not a new or uncultivated one. Scientific data archives have been active in this field since the early sixties. Since a couple of years nearly all scientific organizations in the Netherlands aim for a policy in which public funded research will be made accessible as much as possible. Funders and commissioners of research attach more and more value to the permanent accessibility of research data financed by them. Governmental organizations, funders of research, universities, publishers, scientific data archives and researchers are implementing in different ways the policy of access to research data. However, sharing of research data is not a common practice for most scientists. In practice it appears that the depositing of research data is not imbedded in the scholarly workflow and 'mental' system of researches, institutions, funders and policy makers. Therefore it is important to identify which stakeholders benefit by making research data available. What kind of policies have they already developed? Which instruments play an important role in these policies and which restraints do they encounter in practice? In 2008 DANS organized a workshop with different stakeholders where recommendations have been made to remove obstacles for sharing data. During this presentation these recommendations will be addressed.

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