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Monday, April 27 • 2:05pm - 3:30pm
Building an Environment for Open Data

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There is increasing recognition of the benefits of data sharing. Some funders and publishers now require researchers to make their data openly available, in part in the interest of reproducibility. Some laboratories have experienced the advantages of data sharing in the form of new collaborations and increased citations. However, several hurdles still exist that have prevented the widespread adoption of data sharing. This panel will go beyond the message of 'open data is good' to discuss practical challenges and solutions, bringing together the early-career researcher, open repository, and publisher perspectives. We will discuss the concerns researchers have with respect to open data, including fear of 'scooping', lack of credit for data sharing in evaluations, and data preparation. We will hear from one open repository (figshare) on infrastructure solutions for data storage and permanency. Finally, we will talk about the positive and negative experiences of one publisher (PLOS) after enacting an open data policy, and recommendations for other publishers to encourage data sharing. Overall, we aim to generate ideas and discussion about how to build an environment conducive to open data.

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Jennifer Lin

Senior Product Manager, Public Library of Science (PLOS)
Jennifer Lin is passionate about open access and its political and social impacts. As a former business consultant with Accenture, she worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as governments to develop and deploy new products and services. Jennifer received her PhD in political philosophy and has served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University. | | In 2014, Jennifer co-authored a paper in PLoS Biology with Carly Strasser on... Read More →
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Erin McKiernan

Professor, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Erin McKiernan, professor in the Department of Physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, is a researcher in experimental and computational biophysics and neurophysiology, and an advocate for open access, open data, and open science. She is also the founder of Why Open Research? (whyopenresearch.org), an educational site for researchers. She blogs at emckiernan.wordpress.com. You can follow her on twitter at @emckiernan13.
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Shreejoy Tripathy

PostDoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia, University of British Columbia
Shreejoy Tripathy is a post-doc in the Centre for High-Throughput Biology at the University of British Columbia. He received his PhD in neural computation from Carnegie Mellon University in 2013 working on the form and function of neuron electrophysiological diversity as an NSF graduate fellow. Shreejoy is passionate about using principles of open science and open data to improve research practices in neuroscience. His research uses a... Read More →
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Dan Valen

Product Specialist, Figshare
Dan joined figshare in early 2014 as its first US-based employee. As a product specialist, he focuses on the development of figshare in North America through community engagement, marketing and promotion, strategic partnerships, and educational outreach. Dan helps provide a lateral perspective across the research data management landscape in assessing the needs of researchers and institutions alike, while also offering guidance on current... Read More →

Monday April 27, 2015 2:05pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom

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