With support from the National Science Foundation, the American Institute of Biological Sciences brought together 22 experts in Washington DC to discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in implementing open data policies and practices.
In spite of significant progress in building data repositories, establishing standards for sharing data, and developing practices for citing and using data in research broadly, practical challenges and a lack of shared standards of practice for reporting and archiving data remain. "This meeting is an opportunity for core stakeholders to come together to start a discussion about common interests," said the organizer of the meeting Dr. Timothy Beardsley.
The meeting was attended by 68 individuals, with another 14 who accessed via virtual connection. A summary of the meeting will be available in a forthcoming issue of BioScience magazine.