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Keynote address: "Ways and Needs to Promote Rapid Data Sharing" by Laurie Goodman of GigaScience.
Data is the base upon which all scientific discoveries are built, and data availability speeds the rate at which discoveries are made. Given that the overall goal for research is to improve human health and our environment, waiting to release data until after the first publication (sometimes taking years) is unacceptable. There are myriad issues that impede researchers from openly, and most importantly, rapidly sharing data, including lack of incentives: no credit, limited funding benefits, and little impact on career advancement; and cultural issues: the fear of being scooped. However, scientific publishers —the communicators of science and a key mechanism by which a researcher’s productivity is measured— can, and should, play a central role in promoting data sharing. Data citation and publication are just some of the ways we can support and encourage researchers who share data. Here, I will provide examples to help make clear the need for publishers to play an active role in this process and provide potential ways to facilitate our ability to promote open and rapid data sharing. This is not easy; but it is essential.