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Scientific and technical data sharing: a trading perspective

Scientific and technical data sharing: a trading perspective
Scientific and technical data sharing: a trading perspective
It is arguably a precept that the open sharing of data maximises the scientific utility of the research that generated that data. Indeed, progress depends on individual scientists being able to build on the results produced by others. The means to facilitate sharing undoubtedly exist, but various studies have identified reluctance among researchers to share information with their peers, at least until the professional priorities of the original researchers have been accommodated. With a view to encouraging less inhibited collaboration, we appraise the processes of data exchange from the perspective of a trading environment and consider how data exchanges might promote (or perhaps hinder) collaboration in data-rich scientific research disciplines and how such an exchange might be set up. We suggest an exchange with trusted brokers (akin to the commodity markets) as a way to overcome the challenges of the current environment. We conclude by encouraging the scientific and technical community to debate the merits of a trading perspective on data sharing and exchange.
0920-654X
989-996
Frey, Jeremy G.
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Bird, Colin L.
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Frey, Jeremy G.
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Bird, Colin L.
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Frey, Jeremy G. and Bird, Colin L. (2014) Scientific and technical data sharing: a trading perspective. Journal of Computer-Aided Molecular Design, 28 (10), 989-996. (doi:10.1007/s10822-014-9785-4). (PMID:25113779)

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It is arguably a precept that the open sharing of data maximises the scientific utility of the research that generated that data. Indeed, progress depends on individual scientists being able to build on the results produced by others. The means to facilitate sharing undoubtedly exist, but various studies have identified reluctance among researchers to share information with their peers, at least until the professional priorities of the original researchers have been accommodated. With a view to encouraging less inhibited collaboration, we appraise the processes of data exchange from the perspective of a trading environment and consider how data exchanges might promote (or perhaps hinder) collaboration in data-rich scientific research disciplines and how such an exchange might be set up. We suggest an exchange with trusted brokers (akin to the commodity markets) as a way to overcome the challenges of the current environment. We conclude by encouraging the scientific and technical community to debate the merits of a trading perspective on data sharing and exchange.

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Accepted/In Press date: 31 July 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 August 2014
Published date: October 2014
Organisations: Computational Systems Chemistry

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Local EPrints ID: 395500
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/395500
ISSN: 0920-654X
PURE UUID: 743db79e-9263-477b-8afb-84d5de1cc4ce
ORCID for Jeremy G. Frey: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0842-4302

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Date deposited: 31 May 2016 11:12
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:28

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