World Data Systems adopted new data sharing principles

As the leading international multidisciplinary organisation in the provision of trusted data services, ICSU-WDS has adopted Data Sharing Principles to advance its goals.  The principles embody the spirit of 'open science', meant to unite diverse communities of data producers and data users, and thus could be adopted by anyone pursuing science for the public good.

The principles

  • Data, metadata, products, and information should be fully and openly shared, subject to national or international jurisdictional laws and policies, including respecting appropriate extant restrictions, and in accordance with international standards of ethical research conduct. 
  • Data, metadata, products, and information produced for research, education, and public-domain use will be made available with minimum time delay and free of charge, or for no more than the cost of dissemination, which may be waived for lower-income user communities to support equity in access. 
  • All who produce, share, and use data and metadata are stewards of those data, and have responsibility for ensuring that the authenticity, quality, and integrity of the data are preserved, and respect for the data source is maintained by ensuring privacy where appropriate, and encouraging appropriate citation of the dataset and original work and acknowledgement of the data repository. 
  • Data should be labelled 'sensitive' or 'restricted' only with appropriate justification and following clearly defined protocols, and should in any event be made available for use on the least restrictive basis possible.