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PLoS Biol. 2014 Jan 28;12(1):e1001779. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001779. eCollection 2014 Jan.

Troubleshooting public data archiving: suggestions to increase participation.

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1
Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia ; Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
2
Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.
3
Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics, Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia ; Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Abstract

An increasing number of publishers and funding agencies require public data archiving (PDA) in open-access databases. PDA has obvious group benefits for the scientific community, but many researchers are reluctant to share their data publicly because of real or perceived individual costs. Improving participation in PDA will require lowering costs and/or increasing benefits for primary data collectors. Small, simple changes can enhance existing measures to ensure that more scientific data are properly archived and made publicly available: (1) facilitate more flexible embargoes on archived data, (2) encourage communication between data generators and re-users, (3) disclose data re-use ethics, and (4) encourage increased recognition of publicly archived data.

PMID:
24492920
PMCID:
PMC3904821
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pbio.1001779
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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