Post-doctoral fellow Anne Schöler talks about the state of data sharing in environmental genomics. While open sharing of sequencing data is required alongside articles, Anne believes that good metadata is the key to ensuring these data can be productively compared across labs.
Marco Tripodi says that while there is no standard process for sharing data in his area of neurobiology, he is optimistic that code and raw data could be reused across labs if shared in the right way. He already uses GitHub to make his own scripts available to others, and feels that scientists in his community would not hesitate to share data if it was required by journals.
“Yes to data sharing!” says Anne Guex, a post-doctoral fellow at Imperial College London, researching nano-materials in tissue engineering. She believes that wider data sharing, particularly of ‘negative results’, could save time, money, and energy for researchers in her field.