Can there be a more startling example of the problems with data and sample sharing than for more than 40 years, the research community did not have access to the samples returned from the moon? Most sets of data and material won’t be quite as precious as the product of a flight to the moon (though in the coming years, samples will be returned to Earth from Mars and asteroids). There are some excellent ethical reasons to retest human research (e.g. to reduce the burden on participants) and commentary that sharing can boost researcher careers. Researchers must plan for open data and sharing, long term retention and metadata listing.
To move us from empty platitudes and unrealised policies to widespread data sharing, we need to incentivise open data and have consistent guidelines to recognise researchers who share data. This is another example of an area where we need to do a better job of rewarding good research practices – such as following the FAIR standards.
The demand that publicly funded scientific research be freely available to the public and the larger research community (including beyond
Big Data and National Security: A Guide for Australian Policymakers – Lowy Institute (Miah Hammond-Errey | February 2022)
KEY FINDINGS Data abundance, digital connectivity, and ubiquitous technology now enable near complete coverage of human lives across the planet,
Balancing openness with Indigenous data sovereignty: An opportunity to leave no one behind in the journey to sequence all of life (Ann M. Mc Cartney, et al | January 2022)
Abstract The field of genomics has benefited greatly from its “openness” approach to data sharing. However, with the increasing volume
(Australia) Leading Queensland cancer researcher Mark Smyth fabricated scientific data, review finds – ABC News (Janelle Miles | January 2022)
This Queensland news story left us furious and dismayed. We can only imagine the betrayal that cancer survivors and donors must be feeling. If the details of this story are accurate, they highlight something that all research institutions are wise to bear in mind, the fact an individual is a research rock star doesn’t mean that they can’t be responsible for research misconduct and other breaches. Allegations involving high profile researchers should be treated with the same rigour as allegations relating to the conduct of early career researchers.
(Switzerland) The Challenges of Big Data for Research Ethics Committees: A Qualitative Swiss Study (Papers: Agata Ferretti, et al | November 2021)
Abstract Big data trends in health research challenge the oversight mechanism of the Research Ethics Committees (RECs). The traditional standards
(Netherlands and the UK) Dutch and UK scientists awarded for ‘standing up for science’ – ResearchProfessional News (Sophie Inge | December 2021)
Our loud and enthusiastic congratulations to Elisabeth Bik and clinician Mohammad Sharif Razai. HUZZAH! They separately making important and essential contributions to science. Elisabeth Bik in being an amazing sleuth in finding and calling out cheats and image manipulating charlatans. Mohammad Sharif Razai for shining a light on systemic racism and exclusion in science. Love both of your work.