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The impact of public data archiving policies on attitudes, experiences, and practices of authors

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What is this survey about?

Policies that request and require investigators to share research data are becoming more common. This research explores the impact of such policies on the experiences, attitudes, and practices of active scientists. The results will help inform future data archiving policies.

Why should I participate?

You have been selected to receive this survey invitation as the corresponding author of a recently published papers in a select group of journals. By participating in this survey, you will help improve the accuracy and generalizability of the research findings.

Please complete this survey regardless of your background or opinions! We want to hear from everyone who receives this invitation:

  • students and new scientists as well as those with many years of experience
  • scientists who have shared data before and those who haven't
  • people with strong opinions about these issues, and also those who haven't thought much about them before.

The questionnaire will take about 7-10 minutes to complete.

Questions will be asked about your thoughts and experiences with public data archiving.

What is the benefit to me?

The direct benefit is a warm glow from knowing that you have contributed to the understanding of scientific data sharing and reuse, and that your opinion is being counted and will influence future policy. In addition, as a small token of appreciation for completing the survey, we invite you to enter our monthly drawing for a $20 Amazon gift certificate.

Will my responses be anonymous?

Yes. We invite you to provide an optional email address for the sole (and temporary) purpose of the lottery: your email address will not be associated with your survey responses in any way.

We plan on maximizing the usefulness of this research by making the anonymous questionnaire responses openly available in a data repository, after aggregating or obfuscating any responses that could otherwise facilitate identification.

More information?

Thanks very much for taking the time to record your opinions and experiences. Please contact me with any questions or suggestions, anytime.

Sincerely,

Heather Piwowar, PhD
piwowar@zoology.ubc.ca
DataONE Postdoc research associate at NESCent and the University of British Columbia

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