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73% of academics say access to research data helps them in their work

The report, 'Open Data: The Researcher Perspective,' is the result of a year-long, co-conducted study between Elsevier, the information analytics company specializing in science and health, and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), part of Leiden University, the Netherlands.

The study is based on a complementary methods approach consisting of a quantitative analysis of bibliometric and publication data, a global survey of 1,200 researchers and three case studies including in-depth interviews with key individuals involved in data collection, analysis and deposition in the fields of soil science, human genetics and digital humanities.

Facts and Figures for open research data

Open research data refers to the data underpinning scientific research results that hasno restrictions on itsaccess, enabling anyone to access it.

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'text': 'Number of open data policies, by type of mandate'

'text': 'Source: Sherpa-Juliet - Reference date: April 15th 2018'

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'text': 'Source: Sherpa-Juliet - Reference date: April 15th 2018'

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'text': 'Number of journals by data sharing modality'

'Required but no explicit statement regarding effect on publication/editorial decisions',

'Only protein, proteomic, and/or genomic data sharing are addressed.',

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This indicator shows how researchers share data and their underlying attitudes, based on the survey for the 2017 report 'Open data : The researcher perspective'.

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'text': 'Attitudes of researchers: % of respondents that agree with statement'

'Having access to others' research data benefits/would benefit my own research',

'Sharing research data is important for doing research in my field',

'I have previously shared my research data with others',

'I am willing to allow others to access my research data',

'Research data management specialists need to play a role in research data sharing',

'I provide my research data to publishers so that it can be made accessible with my research article',

'I rely on research data shared with me from outside of my research team',

'Sharing research data is associated with credit or reward in my field',

'I encounter obstacles sharing my research data with others',

'I have received sufficient training in research data sharing'

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There are other indicators to monitor open research data, such as: You can find here a set of detailed case studies available for download, that will be updated over time.

Open Data: the researcher perspective - survey and case studies

Case studies Studies of open data often focus on the status and potential of making data publicly available for reuse by academic actors situated outside of the local context in which they were produced or by public actors not directly associated with academic research (Borgman 2012).

We adapt Leonelli’s (2013) framework for open data in the development of six epistemic dimensions associated with data sharing: (a) data situated, (b) pragmatics of sharing/reuse, (c) incentives for sharing/reuse, (d) governance/accountability, (e) commodification and (f) globalization.

Survey These files contain the questionnaire and raw data for the Open Data survey, which examines the attitudes and behavior of researchers with regard to sharing their research data and using open data in their own research.

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