Hidden concerns of sharing research data by low/middle-income country scientists

Global Bioethics 29 (1):39-54 (2018)

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Louise Bezuidenhout
University of Exeter
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ABSTRACTThere has considerable interest in bringing low/middle-income countries scientists into discussions on Open Data – both as contributors and users. The establishment of in situ data sharing practices within LMIC research institutions is vital for the development of an Open Data landscape in the Global South. Nonetheless, many LMICs have significant challenges – resource provision, research support and extra-laboratory infrastructures. These low-resourced environments shape data sharing activities, but are rarely examined within Open Data discourse. In particular, little attention is given to how these research environments shape scientists’ perceptions of data sharing incentives. This paper expands on these issues of incentivizing data sharing, using data from a quantitative survey disseminated to life scientists in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This interrogated not only perceptions of data sharing amongst LMIC scientists, but also how these are connected to the research environm...
Keywords Open Data, data sharing, life sciences, low/middle-income countries, NEPAD-SANBio
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DOI 10.1080/11287462.2018.1441780
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