Posted by knockels on 6 April, 2009
Something that always interested me when I was Leicester Research Archive Manager was using LRA as a means to share data. I began to become aware that this raises all sorts of issues – space, of course, what qualifies as data worth archiving, issues of confidentiality relating to clinical data, and the matter of who actually owns the data (it might be the people who funded the research, although some funding bodies mandate sharing of data).
A recent editorial in the BMJ is a good summary of all this. The BMJ now asks authors to indicate in a statement which data is available. Nature already does this. The editorial discusses what is already going on outside clinical medicine, as well as some of the issues surrounding data sharing within clinical medicine, as well as giving a brief report from a recent UK Research Data Service meeting.