May 19, 2022

figshare Releases “The State of Open Data 2018 – Global Attitudes Towards Open Data” (Annual Report)

From Digital Science:

[The State of Open Data 2018 – Global Attitudes Towards Open Data] report is the third in the series and includes survey results and a collection of articles from global industry experts, as well as a foreword from Ross Wilkinson, Global Strategy at the Australian Research Data Commons.


Key findings include:

  • 64% of respondents revealed they made their data openly available in 2018, a 7% rise on 20162018-10-22_09-25-29
  • Data citations are motivating more respondents to make data openly available, increasing 7% from 2017 to 46%
  • 60% of respondents had never heard of FAIR principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) – which provide a guideline for data producers and publishers to enhance the reusability of academic data.
  • The percentage of respondents in support of national mandates for open data is higher at 63% than in 2017 (55%)
  • Respondents who revealed that they had reused open data in their research continues to shrink. In 2018 48% said they had done this, whereas in 2017 50% had done so, with 2016 57% in 2016
  • Most researchers felt that they did not get sufficient credit for sharing data (58%), compared to 9% who felt they do
  • Respondents having lost research data has decreased from 2017 (36% versus 30% in 2018)


We asked a number of questions about FAIR principles this year with some surprising results. The percentage of respondents who reported being familiar with the principles was just 15%, with 25% having previously heard of FAIR and 60% never having heard of them.

The results confirmed that despite publishers, funders and institutions rapidly adopting these principles, there remains a crucial gap in educating researchers. They further show the need for initiatives like Go Fair, which gives researchers clear instructions on how to be FAIR compliant.

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