For science and innovation to occur in a free and open manner, a central challenge involves how data is best shared between researchers, disseminated to the public and validated for the purposes of reproducibility. As a central component of its core mission, the Data Science Initiative will promote free and open access to data and will work to develop the appropriate means and mechanisms to ensure its open transmission and availability.
As a founding effort in this direction, we have recently set in motion work with researchers from MIT and Drexel in collaboration with the NSF Northeast Big Data Hub, on the development of a new data-sharing platform, to enable data providers to share data in a manner that allows enforcement of constraints on its use. Our work on licensing models, data sharing platforms, and easily searchable metadata will set a new standard for best practices in data sharing, all building toward the goal of better science by free and open research.
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