Figshare, the online digital repository for academic research, has launched its annual report The State of Open Data 2020. The report is the fifth in the series and is the result of a collaboration between Figshare, Digital Science, Springer Nature and other leading industry and academic representatives. Alongside the survey results the report includes a collection of articles from global industry experts and a foreword from Dr Leslie McIntosh, CEO of Ripeta.
The State of Open Data is now the longest-running longitudinal study on the subject, which was created in 2016, to examine attitudes and experiences of researchers working with open data – sharing it, reusing it, and redistributing it.
2020’s survey received around 4,500 responses from the research community and had an additional focus on research practices in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. It asked researchers how the pandemic was impacting their ability to carry-out research, and their views on reuse of data and collaboration.
Key Covid-19 findings include: a third (32%) of academic researchers reported that their research had been impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19; 43% of those surveyed have already likely to repurpose their grant to some extent for COVID-19 research; and more than a third of researchers say they expect to see more collaboration as a result of COVID-19.
The survey also included an expanded section on Data Management Plans (DMPs). With increasing numbers of funders around the world now mandating researchers to submit a DMP with their grant application, there has been a significant rise in the numbers of researchers creating them. There was further encouraging news that the FAIR principles - the foundation of good data management - were becoming more widely adopted and understood.
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