Etats-Unis : NIH: The What and How of Data Sharing

« In a recent BMJ article, Milton Packer highlights the value of data sharing using iconic scientific figures: Copernicus, whose heliocentric theory of the universe was built using others’ data; his rival, Brahe, who hoarded data for fear of confirming Copernicus’ theory; and Kepler, whose famous laws of planetary motion depended on data sharing.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has long been a leader in data sharing, and there is a clear clamor for more and better data sharing by NIH and other federal agencies. There is little doubt that sharing biomedical research and health-related data plays a key role in advancing knowledge of human health and well-being. But data sharing is not without cost, and data shared in ways that are not useful to the research enterprise can waste, rather than maximize, resources. This is why we need help from you, the research community, to help us shape our data sharing strategies for the future. (…) »