Open Your Data

Sunday, 1 October 2017: 15:35
Chesapeake G/H/I (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center)
M. Morovati (Dryad)
There has been much talk about the reproducibility and re-use crisis: scientists from various fields are losing faith in the ability to replicate previous research and many have complained of the difficulty of accessing repository data. This is occurring during a time when local, national, and international governments, which develop public policy, should be relying on the outputs of research. Yet, there is increasing noise about what truly comprises these outputs and what the value of the research really is. There is a lot of work to be done to improve the public’s trust in science, to better communicate about science to non-scientists, and to continue to build upon reputable, quality research.

Open access to all outputs of science can improve the relationship between scientists and the public, and provide opportunities for the development of new research. Shoring up published scholarly articles with open data is an essential starting place. Opening your data to publish it alongside your article will increase public confidence in research and allow others to re-use your data to pursue new directions in order to advance science.

At Dryad, we have been encouraged by recent changes in fields previously resistant to open access, which are now implementing open data practices. The Dryad repository has over 18,000 packages of data, with over 56,000 separate data files that link out to over 600 different journals. We encourage researchers from all fields to take advantage of data repositories to help make their data discoverable, freely reusable, and citable.