University Retains No Information on non-students: Queen’s

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 25th, 2021 by steve

“Queen’s University, Belfast responded to The Gown that they did have Information Sharing Agreements with public agencies such as the Police and Belfast City Council, following concerns raised by students connected with the Student’s Union. Some representatives said that there were dangers for public trust if Queen’s University held any information on non-student members of the public who had breached Coronavirus laws …” (more)

[Peter Donnelly, The Gown, 25 March]

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Academia is a reputation economy – data-sharing policies should take incentives into account

Posted in Research on March 13th, 2015 by steve

UK“Data sharing has the potential to facilitate wider collaboration and foster scientific progress. But while 88% of researchers in a recent study confirmed they would like to use shared data, only 13% had actually made their own data publicly available …” (more)

[Benedikt Fecher and others, Impact of Social Sciences, 13 March]


Why Don’t More Social Scientists Share Their Data?

Posted in Research on April 19th, 2013 by steve

“While we’re on the subject of Reinhart and Rogoff, Tyler Cowen has a nice little post on ‘Who shares data’. Basically, most economists don’t share data, and the ones who do are more likely to be full professors with tenure and a clear personal commitment to sharing …” (more)

[Megan McArdle, The Daily Beast, 18 April]

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Why companies tend to be bad at sharing knowledge

Posted in Research on June 5th, 2011 by steve

“The big problem with knowledge sharing within organisations is that staff often don’t want to share, according to a new study by four Canadian academics. They found that even in companies that had invested heavily in knowledge management software – and that’s a huge business, on both sides of the Atlantic – initiatives would often fail because employees basically weren’t keen on other people benefiting from their hard-earned knowledge. The answer, the academics suggest, is to provide people with better incentives to share – and, possibly, to use email a bit less …” (more)

[James Taylor, Management Today, 2 June]


Dark Data – Increasing Transparency And Access To Raw Research

Posted in Research on September 8th, 2010 by steve

“The sharing, preservation and reuse of data has become an increasingly important element of modern scientific research, but even though granting agencies like the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) naturally embrace data sharing, resistance from parts of the scientific community has continued to block scientific progress and valuable research data over the world is kept under lock and key …” (more)

[Science 2.0, 5 September]