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figshare Unveils 'The State of Open Data 2020,' With Emphasis on COVID-19's Impact
Digital Science announced figshare’s “The State of Open Data 2020,” a report analyzing global attitudes toward open data (“sharing it, reusing it, and redistributing it”) as well as the impact of COVID-19 on research and data sharing. This annual report is the fifth in the series and features survey results (about 4,500 responses from the research community) and a collection of articles from industry experts in countries around the world. Leslie McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta, a Digital Science company, provides the foreword.
The report is the result of a collaboration among figshare, Digital Science, Springer Nature, and other industry and academic stakeholders. Key findings include the following:
- The disciplines affected most by COVID-19 were those working in Chemistry (47%), Biology (39%), Medicine (36%) and Materials Science (36%). The lowest level of impact was reported in Humanities and Social Sciences (20%)
- Lockdown is seen by half of respondents as ‘extremely’ or ‘somewhat’ likely to result in re-use of open data provided by other labs, and 65% expect to reuse their own data.
- 55% of respondents felt that sharing data should be a part of the requirements for awarding grants
- 29% of respondents do not know who would cover the costs of making their research data open access
- Only 13% of respondents felt that researchers currently get sufficient credit for sharing data with 59% feeling they received too little credit.
For more information, read the press release.
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