The State of Open Data 2022

The longest-running longitudinal survey and analysis on open data




Open Data, Open Science, State of Open Data, Open Data Policies, Open Data Practices


Open science is key to advancing discovery and furthering scientific progress for an accelerated and more effective research system. As proactive partners driving the transition to open science, Springer Nature and Figshare believe that research data should be open, accessible and reusable, to help speed up the pace of discovery and benefit society. As a member of UNESCO’s Global Open Science Partnership, Figshare works closely with other members of the open science community to inform and develop practices toward open data sharing.

To better understand the current landscape, Springer Nature, Digital Science, and Figshare published the seventh annual State of Open Data report, based on over 5,000 responses from the global research community about motivations, challenges, perceptions, and behaviours toward open data. 

This poster will share the key findings from the report, including a focus on respondents’ preferences around open data policies, looking at mandates, requirements and grants, and the role that institutions, publishers and funders play.


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Author Biographies

Mark Hahnel, Figshare

Mark Hahnel is the CEO and founder of Figshare, which he created whilst completing his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. Figshare provides research data infrastructure for institutions, publishers and funders globally. He is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionize the research community. Mark sits on the board of DataCite and the advisory board for Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He was on the judging panel for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust Open Science prize and acted as an advisor for the Springer Nature master classes.

Graham Smith, Springer Nature

Graham Smith is a Research Data Manager at Springer Nature where he works to develop and promote data publishing tools, initiatives and policies across the organisation. He has an academic background in geology and geophysics, specifically studying seismics at live volcanoes, and has previously worked in a similar data-focused role at the Natural History Museum, where he was responsible for managing data pathways and curation practices for big taxonomic and collection data.




How to Cite

Hahnel, M., Smith, G., & Hardeman, M. (2022). The State of Open Data 2022: The longest-running longitudinal survey and analysis on open data. Septentrio Conference Series, (1).