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September 2018

Finding Means to Fulfill the Societal and Academic Imperative for Open Data Access and Sharing

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Cardiology, Departmentof Medicine, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
  • 2Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA Cardiol. 2018;3(9):793-794. doi:10.1001/jamacardio.2018.0129

Calls for greater data sharing and transparency in clinical research have intensified in recent years. The potential benefits of data sharing are multifaceted. Increased data transparency can allow research findings to be independently verified; be a valuable resource to address multiple secondary questions; allow combinations with other study data, thereby enabling meta-analytic insights; and facilitate better planning of future research. Data sharing is also consistent with the fundamental principle that science should be a collaborative process used to its maximal common benefit.

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