In October, 2014 we sent out a survey on data sharing, and we got a great response (68 respondents). Thank you to all who took the time to fill it out. Here of some of the key results.
People are sharing!
- 58% of people who responded have shared data or code in the past.
- Only 6% have never considered sharing
- 96% have used someone else’s freely available data/code/material
Sharing code is a good idea
We asked the questions “If you were to use OpenORE, what type of data 1) would you be looking to find, and 2) would you share?” The top thing people want is “Measurements from/around actual devices”. Few people are willing to share this. However, the top 3 things that people would share relate to code. People both want and will share code!
OpenORE will direct you to the data and code you need
Many of the comments we received (and this is something that we’ve been thinking about) recommended that rather than trying to host data, OpenORE should be a directory of available code, projects, and data. The data could be freely available and hosted online somewhere else, or could be held by an organization who is willing to release it under certain circumstances (e.g. for academic research). For more info, see our About page.
We also asked about the challenges with sharing code and data from both the ability to share and the ability to use perspective.
Not surprisingly, the top issues with sharing data/code all related to concerns over intellectual property. This helps to reinforce our focus on research and academic data, where the IP issue may not be as big of a concern as in the commercial world. Furthermore, as we are not lawyers, it is beyond the scope of OpenORE to advise people on legal issues. Anyone considering sharing data needs to seek his or her own legal advise from within his or her own organization. We will give some references to information that can be found online, and our guidance is: always talk to your supervisor first. For more info, see our IP page.
The top problem with using someone else’s data or code was the need for help and documentation. This is something we can do something about! In addition to being a directory, OpenORE will be a community forum, where users can ask questions, get answers, evaluate data/code and share their experiences.
The survey is now closed, but we still want to hear from you!
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts and experiences with data sharing/code collaboration or what you’d like to see in OpenORE. If your comfortable, we’d like to know your name, organization, and position. Alternatively, you can contact us via contact form or e-mail the OpenORE Manager, Cameron McNatt: