The Case for International Scientific Data Sharing: A Focus on Developing Countries

Start: April 18, 2011
End: April 19, 2011
Place: Washington, DC
Organizer: Board on International Scientific Organizations
The event is being organized jointly by the Board on International Scientific Organizations, the Board on Research Data and Information, and the International Council for Science’s Committee on Freedom and Responsibility in Science

The symposium will address the following questions:

1. Why is the international sharing of publicly funded scientific data important, especially for development? What are some examples of past successes and what are the types of global research and applications problems that can be addressed with more complete access to government data collections and government-funded data sources?

2. What is the status of public data access internationally, particularly in developing countries?

3. What are the principal barriers and limits to sharing public data across borders?

4. What are the rights and responsibilities of scientists and research organizations with regard to providing and getting access to publicly funded scientific data? How can international scientific organizations, government agencies, and scientists improve sharing of publicly funded data to address global challenges, particularly in less economically developed countries, more successfully?

A proceedings from the symposium will be published by the National Academies Press.


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