How open is that data?
July 21st, 2008 by dwentworth
Last week we shared the news about research Melanie Dulong de Rosnay has been conducting on the complexities of opening access to scientific data. The research has now been published over at Nature Precedings, in the form of a paper entitled, Check Your Data Freedom: A Taxonomy to Assess Life Science Database Openness.
To address the problem, the paper proposes a “checklist for data openness…to assist database curators who wish to make their data more open to make sure they do so.”
That’s not all. Our outstanding research assistant, recent MIT graduate Shirley Fung (S.B. 2007 and M.Eng 2008), helped de Rosnay with the project and has published a website that lets anyone explore and evaluate the legal and technical openness of the sample set of scientific databases (and submit more databases). Here’s a look at the home page:
View databases categorized by their technical and legal accessibility regimes
Use the questionnaire to submit a database policy to our system
If you have questions about the project, let us know.