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Data Sharing: The Primary Researcher's Perspective
Barbara Stanley and Michael Stanley
Law and Human Behavior
Vol. 12, No. 2 (Jun., 1988), pp. 173-180
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1393865
Page Count: 8
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The sharing of research data to permit secondary analyses is rooted in the collegial tradition of science. Recently there has been a gradual shift from viewing data sharing as a voluntary activity to considering sharing as an obligation of researchers. This paper identifies two important dimensions of data sharing: the degree to which the primary investigators may determine whether they will share their data and the reason for which the data set is being requested. In addition to discussing the dimensions of data sharing, the negative aspects of viewing data sharing as an obligation are discussed. These negative factors are increased burden on the primary investigator; lack of incentive to share data; and loss of control over the use of data and negative effects on scientific progress. Recommendations regarding data sharing policies are made in light of these negative effects.
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