GODAN Report “Open Access & Open Data at PUSH Universities”

Publié le 19 juin 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

« A Global Open Data for Agriculture (GODAN) partner report "Open Access and Open Data at PUSH Universities", was published by Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH), a GODAN partner led by Auburn University in the USA. GODAN, and Officials at Auburn, support university policies that permit access to university research in areas such as agriculture and nutrition. The report has highlighted the need for open access and open data that could be used to enhance research across the globe and help respond to global challenges such as hunger and malnutrition.

The report is a result of an Auburn investigation of 99 PUSH member universities that found only 15 have open access policies, and that none have specific open data policies.

Dr. Anne Adrian, project manager for the Hunger Solutions Institute who led the investigation said : “If you share what you’ve learned with others, they can use it to find solutions that they may not find otherwise.” Dr. Anne Adrian said universities, researchers and funders have to start to work together more in order to create a pathway to open access and open data for the benefit of all : - “To move forward with this, Auburn University needs to lead by example.”

Andre Laperriere, Executive Director for GODAN commented : “Open data has proven to be one of the most important tools to share scientific knowledge, stimulate collaboration and generate innovation worldwide. Innovation is key if we are to make progress towards achieving global nutritional security, and universities could help pave the way as they generate knowledge.”

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