6. Data Valorization

6.2 Benefits

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.
Benefits included:

  • 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Piwowar, H.A. and T.J. Vision. 2013. Data reuse and the open data citation advantage. PeerJ 1:e175.
  3. 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.