October 27, 2021

Research Paper: “A Dataset Describing Data Discovery and Reuse Practices in Research”

The following paper was published today by Scientific Data.


A Dataset Describing Data Discovery and Reuse Practices in Research


Kathleen Gregory
Data Archiving and Networked Services
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts & Sciences


Scientific Data (Sci Data) 7,232 (2020).
DOI: 10.1038/s41597-020-0569-5


This paper presents a dataset produced from the largest known survey examining how researchers and support professionals discover, make sense of and reuse secondary research data. 1677 respondents in 105 countries representing a variety of disciplinary domains, professional roles and stages in their academic careers completed the survey. The results represent the data needs, sources and strategies used to locate data, and the criteria employed in data evaluation of these respondents. The data detailed in this paper have the potential to be reused to inform the development of data discovery systems, data repositories, training activities and policies for a variety of general and specific user communities.

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