Open Access Week: Open Data – the future treasures of the past
By Kirsty, on 21 October 2020
Here at UCL you are very often told,
Of the benefits associated with publishing via green or gold,
But what of Research Data and saving them for later?
What is this new thing you have stumbled across?
Preserving research outputs and protecting them against loss.
It’s Open Data of course!
They’re freely available online
To download and unwind
With good quality metadata assigned.
Open data are nestled within Open Science and Scholarship,
without barriers rooted in design.
The trophies of your commitment to access and to share.
So enhance the potential for reuse
and reduce wasted efforts
of those who seek to uncover new knowledge, new inference,
Let us discover.
So what is the issue? Where is the harm?
What is the problem? Why the alarm?
Too expensive they said,
Too much time they said,
Little reward for my efforts and for any of the dread.
How are we to ascend the ladder?
For making our data open, we’re not getting any gladder.
Research Integrity, Transparency and Reproducibility,
these are your prized rewards.
Repurpose and explore,
To maximise the return, just what is in store?
So take down the university wall
Bring in the citizens,
Address the balance so all stand equally as tall.
Now, with help and support and cups of on-screen tea at the ready,
The Research Data Management team are on-hand to keep you steady!
We cheer those pursuing a place for research data
in need of archiving and preserving and just plain keeping safe.
We can talk for hours about the research data lifecycle and all that it can entail,
open data – we shall prevail!
Here’s to the UCL Research Data policy,
and to all those wishing to make their funders smile,
With the UCL Research Data Repository, we can help you do it in style!
So to all my fellow disruptive thinkers,
now is the time for us all to give open data a trial
and catch up to those who have been open a while.
Embrace open practices and make fast
open data – the future treasures of the past.
By Dr Christiana McMahon | Research Data Support Officer