Recommendations of the JRS Foundation for data publication projects
The JRS Biodiversity Foundation contracted an independent study to assess the level to which data produced by JRS-funded projects were discoverable online, and the ease with which those data could be viewed or downloaded. Only about half of the expected data products were viewable or discoverable online, and in many cases data were not clearly connected with project results.
Promote data access in every way possible through multiple platforms, provide unrestricted access to and use of all project products; employ, as a default, the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license that permits copy and reuse, employ well-documented software, community standards, and repositories, acknowledge data sources and abide by their terms,… these are some recommendations of the JRS Foundation. In response at the results of the study, JRS has developed a new data access policy which states that projects funded by JRS will adhere to these principles.
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