Open Research Data Handbook Sprint - 15th & 16th Feb
A report from last years CoData conference has suggested that 75% of research data is never made openly available. This represents both a challenge to the principles of open science, and a massive loss of the opportunities and value that could come from re-use of research data.
In the Open Data Research Network we want to support research data sharing. All the projects putting in full proposals for the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) programme were asked to highlight datasets that they might share from their research, and we’ve been thinking about how to log data generated through our projects. However, even when the incentive structures for data sharing are right, it can be difficult to work out how to share research data in practice.
Different disciplines and kinds of data raise different issues. With physics data, getting enough storage might be an issue. With social science data, the priorities may be protecting the privacy of research subjects, and ensuring data is well described so future users can interpret and use it appropriately. Open research might also need more than just data - it might need us to archive surveys, or the scripts used in statistical analysis. To help our own exploration of open research, and to support ODDC projects, in a few weeks time we’re teaming up with the Open Knowledge Foundation to take part in a book sprint on ‘Open Research Data’.
The idea is that, on the 15th and 16th February a team of people will get together at the Open Data Institute in London, and online on skype and through online documents, to work on drafting and updating a handbook for open research. You are invited to join us. You can register to take part, either in person or online, here.
The current draft of the Open Research Data handbook covers issues like ‘what do we mean by research data?’, ‘reasons for publishing data’, ‘where to publish data’ and ‘how to license datasets’. Work during the sprint might focus on adding sections on planning an open research project, choosing the right tools, and special considerations for social sciences.
If you have ideas what what you think should be in the guide then you can leave a comment below, or over on the Open Economics blog.