The tragedy of the biodiversity data commons: a data impediment creeping nigher?
Keywords: 
Biodiversidad
Datos
Issue Date: 
2018
ISSN: 
1758-0463
Note: 
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons: Atribution License (cc BY)
Citation: 
Escribano-Compains, N. (Nora); Galicia-Paredes, D. (David); Ariño-Plana, A. (Arturo Hugo). "The tragedy of the biodiversity data commons: a data impediment creeping nigher?". Database. 2018 (bay033), 2018, 1 - 6
Abstract
Researchers are embracing the open access movement to facilitate unrestricted availability of scientific results. One sign of this willingness is the steady increase in data freely shared online, which has prompted a corresponding increase in the number of papers using such data. Publishing datasets is a time-consuming process that is often seen as a courtesy, rather than a necessary step in the research process. Making data accessible allows further research, provides basic information for decision-making and contributes to transparency in science. Nevertheless, the ease of access to heaps of data carries a perception of `free lunch for all¿, and the work of data publishers is largely going unnoticed. Acknowledging such a significant effort involving the creation, management and publication of a dataset remains a flimsy, not well established practice in the scientific community. In a meta-analysis of published literature, we have observed various dataset citation practices, but mostly (92%) consisting of merely citing the data repository rather than the data publisher. Failing to recognize the work of data publishers might lead to a decrease in the number of quality datasets shared online, compromising potential research that is dependent on the availability of such data. We make an urgent appeal to raise awareness about this issue.

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