Who Will Pay for Public Access to Research Data? | Science
August 13, 2013 Leave a comment
Who Will Pay for Public Access to Research Data?
This week’s Science addresses the question about economic models and infrastructure that (we hope) ensure access and preservation.
Digital data are ephemeral, and access to data involves infrastructure and economic support. In order to support the downloading of data from federally funded chemistry experiments, astronomy sky surveys, social science studies, biomedical analyses, and other research efforts, the data may need to be collected, documented, organized in a database, curated, and/or made available by a computer that needs maintenance, power, and administrative resources. Access to data requires that the data be hosted somewhere and managed by someone. Technological and human infrastructure supporting data stewardship is a precondition to meaningful access and reuse, as “homeless” data quickly become no data at all.
The article is available at: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6146/616.full.pdf