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Review: Troubleshooting Public Data Archiving: Suggestions to Increase Participation

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Spring 2014

Mary Martin (HBR)

There is no shortage of diologue on the benefits and barriers to data archiving and data sharing. In this 'good read', of interest to researchers and information managers alike, Roche et al. (2014) propose a number strategies to increase particpation in public data archiving. They focus on four main areas where a number of challenges arise: data embargoes, communication between data providers and users, data-use ethics, and data recognition. Although they don't (and shouldn't) propose one-size-fits-all solutions to these issues, they make a number of points that are worth reading, and keeping in mind, as we continue to have these discussions within our research communities.  In particular, the authors address the challenges that are unique to long-term datasets, and suggest strategies for publishers and funding agencies that may increase participation in data archiving. 

Citation: Roche DG, Lanfear R, Binning SA, Haff TM, Schwanz LE, et al. (2014) Troubleshooting Public Data Archiving: Suggestions to Increase Participation. PLoS Biol 12(1): e1001779. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001779