Posted by: bluesyemre | December 1, 2021

The State of #OpenData 2021 (Digital Science Report)

Over the course of the six years we’ve been running the State of Open Data survey, we’ve had over 21,000 responses from researchers from 192 countries, providing detailed and prolonged insight into their motivations, challenges, perceptions, and behaviors toward open data. This report is a critical piece of information that enables us to identify the barriers to open data from a researcher perspective, laying the foundation for future action.

Key findings:

  • 53% of survey respondents said it was extremely important that data are available from a publicly available repository
  • 55% of survey respondents felt they needed support in regard to copyright and licenses when making research data openly available
  • About a third of respondents indicated that they have reused their own or someone else’s openly accessible data more during the pandemic than before

Our report this year also focuses on key topics including how Australia’s universities are collaborating to develop and trial a national research data management framework through the Australian Research Data Commons’ Institutional Underpinnings program. While still in progress, it is a promising model for institutional support. The report also features contributions from Northwestern University, University of Oxford, Rowan University, University of Pretoria, and more.

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