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Weekly News Digest

December 3, 2020 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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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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