Session 1C

Reimagining Research
Making Data Sharing the New Normal: Progress and Challenges

The case for open data to support good research practice is increasingly inarguable. Open access to research data can help speed the pace of discovery and deliver more value by enabling reuse and reducing duplication. Good data practice also makes research more efficient, effective and fulfilling for researchers. 

A survey conducted in 2017 by Springer Nature with more than 7000 researchers found that, despite the known benefits, there is still a significant proportion of data that is not being shared. The survey explored some of the main challenges for researchers in data sharing, including how data is organized; knowledge of copyright and licensing; knowledge about repositories; time; and costs. 

This panel will explore these initial findings, with insights from the publishing, funder, library and research communities to review the challenges to implementing good data sharing, and what it will take to make data sharing the norm for all researchers. 


Grace Baynes, Springer Nature
Grace Baynes is VP of Data & New Product Development for Open Research at Springer Nature. She is responsible for promoting open data and good research data practice, data publishing including the journal Scientific Data, data services, online communities, and new product development across open science and open research. In previous roles at Elsevier, BMC, Nature Publishing Group and Springer Nature, Grace has spent almost 20 years in academic publishing and has been working in open access and open research since 2003. Twitter Handle - @grace_baynes


Robert McDonald, University of Colorado
Robert H. McDonald is the Dean of University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of the Boulder campus’s University Libraries system and is a member of the Provost’s leadership team that provides strategic guidance on campus academic affairs.
Joerg Heber, PLOS ONE
Joerg Heber is the Editor-in-Chief of PLOS ONE. He holds a degree in physics from the University of Erlangen in Germany. Having subsequently obtained a PhD in semiconductor physics from Imperial College London in 2000, he went on to postdoctoral positions at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey, USA, and the University of Marburg in Germany. In 2005 he joined what is now Springer Nature as a manuscript editor at Nature Materials, and moved on to Nature Communications in 2012. Having held several managerial positions there, he became the journal’s Executive Editor in 2015. In 2016, he was appointed PLOS ONE’s Editor-in-Chief. Twitter Handle: @joergheber
Dina Paltoo, NIH / National Library of Medicine