PLoS Medicine today published a new paper that provides useful guidelines for people at academic health centers seeking to support scientific data sharing. The paper, Towards a Data Sharing Culture: Recommendations for Leadership from Academic Health Centers, discusses both the enormous benefits and the obstacles to forging a research culture that fosters data sharing, and outlines practical steps people can take to set the process in motion.
There are some very useful recommendations in the paper. It will really take some changes in scientific culture for some of them to be undertaken. But the faster these changes are made, the sooner the benefits can be seen.