May 16, 2022

New Survey Findings: “Practical Challenges For Researchers in Data Sharing” (Whitepaper from Springer Nature)

The following whitepaper was published by Springer Nature.


Practical Challenges For Researchers in Data Sharing


David Stuart

Grace Baynes

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz

Katie Allin

Dan Penny

Mithu Lucraft

Mathias Astell


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UK and US Researchers ‘Less Likely to Share Research Data’ (via THE)

Among the 17 countries where more than 100 people responded to the survey, researchers in Canada were the least likely to make data available, with just 50 per cent saying they shared it through supplementary files, and/or a repository. This was followed by the US and Australia (both 55 per cent), Portugal (56 per cent) and the UK (58 per cent).


“To their credit, US and UK funders have moved early to encourage and require data sharing through policies, pilots and infrastructure, and yet researchers in the UK and US report lower percentages of data sharing than the global average,” she [Grace Baynes, vice-president for data and new product development in Springer Nature’s Open Research Group] said. “While funder mandates continue to be an essential factor, our findings suggest that policy must be coupled with greater support and education for researchers, and faster, easier routes to sharing data optimally.

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