The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation. A synthesis of three recent studies of UK research data centres – Neil Beagrie, John Houghton – Jisc (.pdf)

« Executive summary 

In the UK, substantial resources are being invested in the development and provision of services for the curation and long-term preservation of research data. It is a high priority area for a range of stakeholders, universities, researchers and research funders. There is strong interest in establishing the value and sustainability of these investments.

Although a number of studies have looked at methods for determining cost-benefit and broad indicators of value for research data sharing, there remain significant challenges. Only a relatively small number of socio-economic studies have focused specifically on the impact of research data sharing, or research data infrastructure. Moreover, their results have largely concentrated on qualitative indicators rather than quantification of value in economic terms (…) »