6. Data Valorization

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6.2 Benefits

A study by RIN/NESTA 1 about UK researchers' practices has demonstrated that those who had adopted an open approach had a definite advantage over those who did not.
Benefits included:

  • Increased efficiency (or decreased duplication of efforts), sharing good practices and tools, decreased data collection costs;
  • Promotion of scientific rigour and quality of research among peers by sharing methods and protocoles as well as results (including negative ones);
  • Increased visibility of research and collaboration opportunities amongst scientists and with various communities (including public engagement);
  • Enhanced scope of research facilitating data re-use and exchange and sharing expertise amongst researchers and institutions;
  • Increased socio-économic impact and innovation opportunities and better cooperation beyond the scientific community.

Several studies show a correlation between sharing research data and the number of citations. 2 Litterature shows that citations can increase by 69% in cases with open research data. 3 Such recognition for research results proves to be a definite benefit for researchers.

Openness, sharing and data valorization are becoming the basis of a trend within the scientific community. Increasingly, it can be observed throughout multidisciplinary projects, the inclusion of citizen input and the development of numerous data access, visualization and dissemination tools.