UK: Report from the Publishing Open Data Working Group meeting
London, 8 August 2011
(by Daniel Dietrich)
On 17th June BioMed Central held a "Publishing Open Data Working Group" meeting in London. This Report from Iain Hrynaszkiewicz is a summary from the meeting, including the next steps for the stakeholders involved. The attendees discussed agreeable ways forward on all three of the meeting’s proposed goals.
Goal 1: Establish a process and policy for implementing a variable publishers’/authors’ license agreement, allowing public domain dedication of data and data elements of scientific articles
Goal 2: Consensus on the role of peer reviewers in articles including supplementary (additional) data files
Goal 3: Sharing of information and best practices on implementation of journal data sharing/deposition policies
Iain Hrynaszkiewicz writes in his concluding remarks: "Support for access to research data continues to grow, again recently at the UK Government peer review inquiry, so it’s vital barriers to sharing are overcome. There is a lot of excellent work already happening to promote and provide further evidence for the benefits of open data in science, but this group was convened to build shared understanding on three issues not currently being addressed."
Read the full Report from the Publishing Open Data Working Group meeting.