Facilitating Greater Data Reuse: Lessons and Examples from Practice

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21 April 2021 1465 reads

Chair: Juan Bicarregui, STFC

Date and Time: Wednesday, 21 April 2021 17:15 - 18:15 UTC


  • Amy Pienta, ICPSR
  • Malarvizhi Veerappan, World Bank 
  • Vundli Ramokolo, South African Medical Research Council
  • James Hetherington, The Alan Turing Institute

Watch this space as more panelists are announced! 

This panel will address data reuse in different contexts to address societal concerns and generate new knowledge. Sharing requires pre-planning and a significant time investment from research communities, so the panel will explore how the benefits can be better articulated and recognised. Can funding programmes that incentivise data reuse change predominant cultures and encourage more reuse as a matter of course? And what role does citation and metrics on reuse play in recognising data creators and showing the diverse contexts in which data can be useful? 

Challenges like the COVID pandemic require rapid responses pooling diverse data from public and private sectors to build the supporting data infrastructure. These can have seismic changes on the available data but can that data be practically reused? How do issues such as poor data quality and lack of interoperability between research community standards hinder this? What can be learned from these examples and how do we continue to enhance data sharing as a result? 

Using examples from their organisations, panellists will reflect on issues that arise when combining and reusing data from different sources and consider solutions to these issues and the benefits that arise.