• By ICR Secretariat
  • Posted Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Governments Must Commit Funding for Data Sharing to Flourish


Data sharing is widely agreed to be beneficial for both scientists and the general public, but hosting data is expensive, and government agencies rarely have the funds to build and support such platforms.

There are commercial data platforms, including figshare (which shares a common owner with Nature, through Holtzbrinck Publishing Group). Given their usefulness, it is surely misguided for funding agencies — for instance, the Swiss National Science Foundation — to prohibit their use by grant-holders. There are also not-for-profit repositories such as Dryad.