‘Open Science’ has emerged as a prominent banner under which individuals and organizations have framed efforts to promote greater openness in science in recent years, including the promotion of data sharing.  Through making findings and data universally accessible, policies pursued under this label seek to realize the norm of openness so long attributed to science. 

As of part of a Leverhulme Trust award, Sabina Leonelli, Ann Kelly, Louise Bezuidenhout and I are seeking to understand current data sharing practices (formal and informal) amongst communities of scientists in resource constrained environments.Based on fieldwork with biochemistry laboratories in sub-Sahara Africa, we are looking at how, when, why, and to what end scientists share data, and whether these data sharing practices differ from the priorities, practices, and policies associated with research in those countries.

We argue that the research environments examined challenge the presumptions in Open Science discussions about how research should be conducted; particularly with respect to data sharing. Given inequalities across the globe, in practice sharing mechanisms and openness strategies can foster binds and dilemmas for those in resource constrained settings.  For more information see http://www.datastudies.eu.

Selected Publications

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