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NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL HOSTS SYMPSOSIUM ON ACCESS AND REUSE OF PUBLICLY FUNDED DATA
Created by on 12/03/2010

On December 1, 2010, the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) sponsored a symposium titled “The Value of Shared Access and Reuse of Publically Funded Scientific Data.” BRDI’s mission is to “improve the stewardship, policy, and use of digital data and information for science and the broader society.” Chaired by Michael Les, of Rutgers University, BRDI has 18 formal members plus representatives from key federal science agencies.
 
The symposium brought together representatives from the data reuse community to provide real world examples of the value of freely accessible and reusable data. Rod Atkinson and Jan Johansson, of the Congressional Research Service described the importance of data access and reuse in the context of legislative research and analysis. Neil Buckholtz of the National Institutes of Health provided an overview of the work of the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a longitudinal study involving the collection of imaging, genetic, biographical, and other data that is publically available in real time. Richard Bernknopf from the United States Geological Survey discussed how he and his colleagues use satellite-based land imaging data. Following the case studies, legal and policy experts discussed the costs and benefits of open access data policies. Noting the need for exemptions for some types of confidential information and the importance of allowing producers to be the first to analyze their own data, panelists highlighted the value of facilitating data access and the benefits of reuse. The symposium agenda is available on the National Academies website.


 

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