Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Is it fair not to share?

Over at Adventures in Ethics and Science there's a very interesting post and follow-up comments on whether researchers should share data. It's based on a recent New York Times article by biostatistician Andrew Vickers (Cancer Data? Sorry, can't have it).

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Blogger Miserable Grad Student said...

I can see both sides to the argument. But I'm curious, what is your opinion on this? You didn't "share" it.

4:30 AM, March 26, 2008  
Blogger Nick Barrowman said...

I believe researches should share data. But ...

There are a bunch of issues that this raises, which are discussed in the post and comments on Adventures in Ethics and Science.

I think we need to work to overcome the obstacles to data sharing. The internet makes data sharing technically easy, but doesn't solve harder problems like confidentiality.

The onus ought to be on the researcher to justify not sharing the data, and ultimately to facilitate the sharing.

11:02 PM, March 28, 2008  

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