This DataONE OpenWetWare site contains informal notes for several research projects funded through DataONE. DataONE is a collaboration among many partner organizations, and is funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) under a Cooperative Agreement.
A few useful excerpts from published papers:
- Fry, J and Lockyer, S and Oppenheim, C and Houghton, J and Rasmussen, B (2009) Identifying benefits arising from the curation and open sharing of research data produced by UK Higher Education and research institutes. Project Report. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished) http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/279/
By maintaining a collection of data, the research becomes more visible and may enhance future funding and collaborative opportunities, as well as attracting future staff and students. The promotional potential of data sharing is not restricted to higher education. Casey (2003) discusses the benefits of making biodiversity data available to the public. This included a variety of data about organisms, much of which is held in museums and botanical gardens. Casey cites an example of the increased number of enquiries received by one museum (Museum of Vertebrate Zoology in the USA). In the first year of providing public access to data, the website fulfilled nearly 42,000 specimen queries compared with 95 queries dealt with manually the staff the previous year.
- Reidpath DD, & Allotey P. (2001). Data sharing in medical research: an empirical investigation. Bioethics; 15(2):125-34 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11697377
as soon as results of a study are published, authors have a conflict of interest, and are not well placed to judge the suitability of third- party analyses of the data.