I went to a very enjoyable workshop on the sharing of data in neuroscience last Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science HQ here in Washington. The keynoter was none other than our own Giorgio Ascoli who presented neuromorpho.org, an effort I have written about before.
Data sharing is not a simple story though. Producing new data is time consuming and expensive and the current incentives (authorship, grants, tenure) work against sharing. Michael White’s recent piece in Pacific Standard gets to these issues and additionally nails it on why sharing is in fact the right way to go…here.