TABLE 3-1 Summary of the Data-sharing Environment in Various Fields in the United Kingdom

 

Culture of sharing data

Infrastructure-related barriers to publishing data

Effect of policy initiatives to encourage data publishing

Overall propensity to publish datasets (with appropriate metadata and contextual documentation)

Astronomy

Strong culture of sharing

Low level of barriers

Policy has medium positive effect

Strong propensity to publish datasets

Chemical crystallography

Medium culture of sharing

Low level of barriers

Policy has little positive effect

Strong propensity to publish datasets

Genomics

Strong culture of sharing

Low level of barriers

Policy has strong positive effect

Strong propensity to publish datasets

Systems biology

Medium culture of sharing

Moderate level of barriers

Policy has strong positive effect

Medium propensity to publish datasets

Classics (Humanities)

Strong culture of sharing

High level of barriersa

Policy has medium positive effect

Medium propensity to publish datasets

Social and Public Health Sciences

Weak culture of sharing

Low level of barriers

Policy has little positive effect

Low propensity to publish datasetsb

RELUc

Medium culture of sharing

Low level of barriers

Policy has medium positive effect

Medium propensity to publish datasets

Climate Science

Weak culture of sharing

Low level of barriersd

Policy has medium positive effect

Low to medium propensity to publish datasets

a The Arts and Humanities Data Service was established in 1995 to provide a national service to collect, preserve, and promote electronic resources in the arts and humanities; its funding was eliminated in 2008.

b This descriptor covers researchers not directly connected with a national data collection.

c The Rural Economy and Land Use Program is a collaborative research program among several UK research councils.

d The Natural Environment Research Council provides data centers.

SOURCE: © Research Information Network. 2008. To Share or not to Share: Publication and Quality Assurance of Research Data Outputs. June. http://www.rin.ac.uk/data-publication.



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