Varsha Khodiyar (Data Curation Editor, Scientific Data)

The challenge of sharing data well, how publishers can help

Researchers, academic institutes and funders are increasingly recognizing the importance of data sharing for reproducible science. However, it is not always straightforward and clear to researchers as to how best to share data in a useful way. At Springer Nature we are working on several initiatives to help facilitate the sharing of research data in a reusable way, with our overarching goal being to publish research that is robust and reproducible. I will talk about the effort that goes into our flagship data journal, Scientific Data, to facilitate best practices in publication and sharing of research data, and share some of our experiences publishing Challenge datasets. I will also describe some of the newer Research Data Services that are now available to help all researchers (not only Springer Nature authors) to share their data in a useful way.