Do open access data policies inhibit innovation?




There has been a great deal of attention paid recently to the idea of data sharing (Van Noorden 2014, Beardsley 2015, Nature Publishing However, the vast majority of these arguments are in agreement and present as fait accompli the idea that data are a public good and that therefore, once published, they should become open access. In fact, although there are many good reasons for data sharing, there also are a number of cogent and coherent cases to be made against open-access policies (e.g., Fenichel and Skelly 2015). The goal of this piece is not to debate the relevance or accuracy of the points made in favor of data sharing but to elevate the discussion by pointing out key problems with open-access policies and to identify central issues that, if solved, will enhance the utility of data sharing to science and society.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Do open access data policies inhibit innovation?
Series title BioScience
DOI 10.1093/biosci/biv131
Volume 65
Issue 11
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher American Institute of Biological Sciences
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Contributing office(s) Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
Description 2 p.
First page 1037
Last page 1038
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