A study by RIN/NESTA 1 about UK researchers' practices has demonstrated that those who had adopted an open approach had a definite advantage over those who did not.
- Increased efficiency (or decreased duplication of efforts), sharing good practices and tools, decreased data collection costs;
- Promotion of scientific rigour and quality of research among peers by sharing methods and protocoles as well as results (including negative ones);
- Increased visibility of research and collaboration opportunities amongst scientists and with various communities (including public engagement);
- Enhanced scope of research facilitating data re-use and exchange and sharing expertise amongst researchers and institutions;
- Increased socio-économic impact and innovation opportunities and better cooperation beyond the scientific community.
Several studies show a correlation between sharing research data and the number of citations. 2 Litterature shows that citations can increase by 69% in cases with open research data. 3 Such recognition for research results proves to be a definite benefit for researchers.
Openness, sharing and data valorization are becoming the basis of a trend within the scientific community. Increasingly, it can be observed throughout multidisciplinary projects, the inclusion of citizen input and the development of numerous data access, visualization and dissemination tools.
- Research Information Network (RIN) and National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). 2010. Open to all? Case Studies of Openness in Research. 52 p.
- Piwowar, H.A. and T.J. Vision. 2013. Data reuse and the open data citation advantage. PeerJ 1:e175.|
- Piwowar, H.A.,R.S. Day and D.B. Fridsma. 2007. Sharing Detailed Research Data Is Associated with Increased Citation Rate. PLoS ONE 2(3): e308. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000308.