At Jisc’s research integrity conference, the final debate asked what the current barriers are to researchers sharing their outputs before publication, and what Jisc and its community might do to help.
“It’s about incentivisation. We can build as many repositories as we like but if we can’t convince people to populate them with quality materials and then reuse them, then we have to question the investment we are making in the activity.”
Kevin Schürer, pro vice chancellor, University of Leicester
“We need to find incentives that work for both the researcher and the institution. Studies show positive correlations between placing data on a well-managed repository and the impact of that research. That has value for the researcher and for the institution.”
Kevin Ashley, director of the Digital Curation Centre
“We need incentives but also to look outside the institution at the research councils and other funders at ways to encourage them to take research data seriously. Data production should be valued as highly as a journal article.”
Sarah Porter, head of innovation at Jisc
“Researchers have to go over enormous hurdles. They have so much else they need to get done. We need to make the whole structure clearer and simpler.”
Chris Hawes, professor of plant cell biology, research lead and head of doctoral training programme, Oxford Brookes University
“There is the incentive of making it easy but also the incentive of visibility and impact. The more we can gather real examples of this the better."
Professor Sir Tim O’Shea, principal and vice chancellor, University of Edinburgh and chair of Jisc
“It strikes me that researchers’ trust in data management systems is important. We have helped our researchers in our department to manage data because we are in that department. It’s about colleagues they know and trust and creating a centre of excellence. A researcher submitting data into the void to data.ac.uk is less appealing. Personal relationships are vitally important in research, we cannot treat things mechanically."
David Shotton, reader in image bioinformatics, University of Oxford
“In social science increasingly data is being generated in one context and used by people in another, so there will be the need for a cultural change in that context because people will not necessarily collect their own data and will use data from elsewhere.”
Patricia Broadfoot, visiting professor in education, University of Bristol
This article originally featured in issue 32 of Jisc Inform (UK web archive).