Sharing Data

Sharing data

2. Why share data?

2.1 The Impact of sharing data

The ADS have conducted research into three data centres as a means of determining the impact sharing data can have on the person sharing that data, the one using that data, and the discipline in general. As the basis of their analysis they looked at the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS), the Archaeology Data Service (ADS), and the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC). Obviously not all of these apply to historians, but their findings are nonetheless worthwhile thinking about.

Quantitative economic analysis:

1. The value to users exceeds the investment made in data sharing and curation via the centres in all three cases.

2. Very significant increases in work efficiency are realised by users as a result of their use of the data centres

3. By facilitating additional use, the data centres significanly increase the returns on investment in the creation/collection of the data hosted.

Qualitative analysis:

1. Academic users report that the centres are very or extremely important for their research and that there would be a major or severe impact on their work if they could not access them.

2. For depositors, having the data preserved for the long-term and its dissemination being targeted to the academic community are seen as the most beneficial aspects of depositing data with the centres.

For the full report see here: N. Beagrie and J.W. Houghton, The Value and Impact of Data Sharing and Curation: A synthesis of three recent studies of UK research data centres, Jisc (2014).