3/3 2018 – Open Data Day


March 3rd Open Data Day will be celebrated around the world for the 8th time running. There are a lot of interesting examples of activities and events listed in the blog post Open Data Day 2018: what do we celebrate and why?

There you can read about some of the projects from last year’s Open Data Day. This includes researchers and scientists in Colombia getting together around data to look at the local air quality and how it could be improved. There was also an event in Nepal focused on the problem of the lack of information for the roughly 10% of the population currently engaged in migrant work abroad and their families in Nepal.

So there will be a lot of interesting reading available throughout the day, both on websites and on Twitter under the hashtag #OpenDataDay.

When you talk about open access to research data the focus is often on the exact terminology, routines, and how it affects science in general. For today’s Open Science Day we wanted to give you a few examples of a more personal experience of open data:

Why are we working so hard to open up science? A personal story.
Brian Nosek, professor at the University of Virginia and co-founder of The Center for Open Science writes about cancer, medical journals, and what happens when the information you need in a crisis is behind lock and key.

Gustav Nilsonne held a presentation in Swedish about his research group’s experience with research data, both open and not: Öppna, slutna och dolda data

He previously wrote a piece on the experience in English in The BMJ:

Gustav Nilsonne: Towards an ecosystem for open data

Text: Signe Wulund