The role of global open data infrastructure in a changing policy, technology, and research environment




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The proliferation of open data sharing policies (such as the wide-reaching NIH policy and Nelson Memo in the United States) reflect a growing push for greater collaboration, transparency, and accountability in scientific research. They assert that the open sharing of data underpinning research is essential to achieving the benefits of open science, that researchers and the general public have a right to access that data, and that the value of shared data lies in its (re)usability. 

As the scientific community rallies to meet these new requirements, research data infrastructures like Dryad, an open data publishing platform and community, face myriad opportunities and challenges.

 In this talk, the presenters will

  • summarize the impact that new policies, evolving researcher and institutional needs, coordinated support for open infrastructure, and other changes in the landscape are having on the Open Data movement and those that support it;
  • provide insight into Dryad’s experience addressing challenges like increasing file size and complexity, and simplifying data deposition workflows;
  • explore the opportunities and challenges presented by emerging new technologies such as machine learning, automation, and distributed data storage;
  • outline the ongoing relevance of non-specialist data infrastructures in the rapidly evolving research landscape, and how their role will have to change through collaboration and partnerships.


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Author Biographies

Sarah Lippincott, Dryad Digital Repository

Sarah Lippincott is a librarian and consultant with a decade of experience supporting open access, digital scholarship, and scholarly communications. As Head of Community Engagement at Dryad, Sarah works with institutions, funders, and researchers to increase awareness of and engagement with data sharing and data reuse.

Jon Treadway, Great North Woods Consulting

Jon Treadway is the Founder and Director of Great North Wood Consulting. He has nearly 20 years experience in strategic and operational leadership roles, and has extensive experience of strategy and policy development work with organisations across the research and scholarly communications industries.



How to Cite

Lippincott, S., & Treadway, J. (2023). The role of global open data infrastructure in a changing policy, technology, and research environment. Septentrio Conference Series, (1).