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    Scott Wagers said:

    Excellent article that highlights some important dilemmas in the arena of data sharing. In the project eTRIKS ( was put together to help facilitate the integration, sharing, exploration, and preservation of translational research datasets. The initial thinking was to have one big repository where all the data was shared and open. In working with projects we ran into a number of barriers to sharing data including the ones highlighted in this article. Turns out there is a lot of work to be done just to make datasets sharable regardless if you make then open or just want to use them again for a collaboration. This is where the value for the researcher can come back into the picture. Multi-stakeholder collaborations are how you can stil contribute to major advances without betting upon that one major breakthrough.