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Fostering global data sharing: highlighting the recommendations of the Research Data Alliance COVID-19 working group [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]

Fostering global data sharing: highlighting the recommendations of the Research Data Alliance COVID-19 working group [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]
Fostering global data sharing: highlighting the recommendations of the Research Data Alliance COVID-19 working group [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]
The systemic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic require cross-disciplinary collaboration in a global and timely fashion. Such collaboration needs open research practices and the sharing of research outputs, such as data and code, thereby facilitating research and research reproducibility and timely collaboration beyond borders. The Research Data Alliance COVID-19 Working Group recently published a set of recommendations and guidelines on data sharing and related best practices for COVID-19 research. These guidelines include recommendations for researchers, policymakers, funders, publishers and infrastructure providers from the perspective of different domains (Clinical Medicine, Omics, Epidemiology, Social Sciences, Community Participation, Indigenous Peoples, Research Software, Legal and Ethical Considerations). Several overarching themes have emerged from this document such as the need to balance the creation of data adherent to FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable), with the need for quick data release; the use of trustworthy research data repositories; the use of well-annotated data with meaningful metadata; and practices of documenting methods and software. The resulting document marks an unprecedented cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and cross-jurisdictional effort authored by over 160 experts from around the globe. This letter summarises key points of the Recommendations and Guidelines, highlights the relevant findings, shines a spotlight on the process, and suggests how these developments can be leveraged by the wider scientific community.
Open Science, Sharing research outputs in pandemics caused by infectious disease, FAIR and CARE principles, Omics, Epidemiology, social science, Clinical Research, COVID-19
2398-502X
Austin, Claire
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Bernier, Alexander
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Bezuidenhout, Louise
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Pickering, Brian
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et al.
Austin, Claire
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Bernier, Alexander
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Bezuidenhout, Louise
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Pickering, Brian
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Austin, Claire, Bernier, Alexander, Bezuidenhout, Louise and Pickering, Brian , et al. (2020) Fostering global data sharing: highlighting the recommendations of the Research Data Alliance COVID-19 working group [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. Wellcome Open Research, 5 (267). (doi:10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16378.1).

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The systemic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic require cross-disciplinary collaboration in a global and timely fashion. Such collaboration needs open research practices and the sharing of research outputs, such as data and code, thereby facilitating research and research reproducibility and timely collaboration beyond borders. The Research Data Alliance COVID-19 Working Group recently published a set of recommendations and guidelines on data sharing and related best practices for COVID-19 research. These guidelines include recommendations for researchers, policymakers, funders, publishers and infrastructure providers from the perspective of different domains (Clinical Medicine, Omics, Epidemiology, Social Sciences, Community Participation, Indigenous Peoples, Research Software, Legal and Ethical Considerations). Several overarching themes have emerged from this document such as the need to balance the creation of data adherent to FAIR principles (findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable), with the need for quick data release; the use of trustworthy research data repositories; the use of well-annotated data with meaningful metadata; and practices of documenting methods and software. The resulting document marks an unprecedented cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and cross-jurisdictional effort authored by over 160 experts from around the globe. This letter summarises key points of the Recommendations and Guidelines, highlights the relevant findings, shines a spotlight on the process, and suggests how these developments can be leveraged by the wider scientific community.

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Accepted/In Press date: 9 November 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 9 November 2020
Keywords: Open Science, Sharing research outputs in pandemics caused by infectious disease, FAIR and CARE principles, Omics, Epidemiology, social science, Clinical Research, COVID-19

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Local EPrints ID: 445003
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445003
ISSN: 2398-502X
PURE UUID: 28a78b58-b8dd-4e22-b412-623089c9c853
ORCID for Brian Pickering: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6815-2938

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Date deposited: 17 Nov 2020 17:40
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:02

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Author: Claire Austin
Author: Alexander Bernier
Author: Louise Bezuidenhout
Author: Brian Pickering ORCID iD
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