Effects of IPP on the Conduct of Scientific Research

March 15, 2007

This presentation (via) contains some interesting material, especially for Open Data from the section of the summary document entitled “Access to scientific data from publicly funded sources”. Cherry picking: –

… in deciding how or where to publish their most recent work, respondents cited the
dissemination of research results (e.g., through a journal with a high degree of circulation and
relevant readership) as the leading criterion; “prestige”—meaning their work would be placed on a
list of select, highly-relevant journals of which publication in any of them could lead to academic
promotion or greater prospects for research funding—ranked second …

This surprised me, although the actual behaviour may not be accurately reflected by the responses.

The majority of survey respondents … had
used or tried to use data (that they personally did not produce) from publicly funded sources …

Of those respondents … almost one-quarter (24 percent) experienced difficulties in obtaining such data.

… the two most highly-cited problems [in obtaining data from publicly funded research] were a substantial delay in the transfer of data, and that
access to data was denied…

Of those respondents who reported experiencing difficulties in obtaining data from publicly
funded sources, most (70 percent) reported that such difficulties had “some negative effect(s)”
upon their research; 10 percent experienced “serious negative effect(s).”

Twenty-nine percent of those respondents who had been denied access to data from a publicly funded source reported that they were not provided a reason for being denied access; 16 percent
reported that they were denied access to data from which results already had been published.

Note that this doesn’t cover data from publicly funded sources which isn’t made available at all, and so represents the tip of the iceberg.

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