provide guidance or identify responsibilities for the researchers they fund as to under what conditions the researchers should make their research data available for others to use. Finally, developing countries frequently do not have data centers or digital repositories in place that researchers can submit their data for use by others. In those cases where such repositories do exist, they tend to be managed as black archives.

This international symposium helped addressing these and related issues, and to improve the access to and use of publicly-funded scientific data.

Organizers and hosts

The symposium was organized by the Board on International Scientific Organizations (BISO), and the U.S. Committee on Data for Science and Technology (US CODATA) under the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI), in consultation with the ICSU Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in the Conduct of Science (CFRS).

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