March 18, 2014
This is the day and age of massive data sharing occurring across continents – now considered a vital aspect for developing cutting-edge research – as it is not only becoming a requirement for funding, it is also encouraged by the international research community at large. To further understand and encourage data sharing, a paper published in European Journal of Human Genetics provides results from a survey conducted in the European Network for Genetic and Genomic Epidemiology (ENGAGE). In this study, information about “factors that hinder or facilitate data sharing in these different situations” was collected from the participating institutions of ENGAGE. The detailed questionnaire helped the participants delve into concerns, hurdles, as well as the lessons learned and recommendations they would make for the future efforts. The authors reported that ENGAGE was successful in supporting data sharing activities. The article also highlighted the challenging areas that may present with obstacles for data sharing and recommendations to tackle these.