Reasons scientists gave for not sharing their paper’s 3D fossil data online: 1.I’m keeping it for future work 2.[no reply] 3.I don’t have to share it 4.©️ don’t need this to replicate my findings
Let me reiterate: "Sharing data" is the wrong terminology because it invokes the idea of charity and reciprocity. Providing data for replication is a responsibility of scientific research. That it also may lead to other uses is a feature, not a bug.
On sharing published 3D models of morphology (esp. fossils). Museums need to get out of the way or cooperate; researchers need to stop saying "I might work on that some day"; journals+funders need to mandate sharing; careers need to reward it.
Palaeontologists have been urged to share 3D scans of fossils online, but analysis finds that few researchers actually do so:
The fight for control over virtual fossils - great piece by on the issues around sharing of 3D data. I was happy to be a small part of it, & it's awesome to see & others highlighted!
News feature in on sharing digital data in palaeo, feat. our 2017 publication on open data in palaeo, with comments from my colleague , , and others
Only around one-third of the most popular palaeontology studies involving 3D imaging over the past two years shared their scans online — despite the majority of non-sharers being pro-open-data, according to a survey by Nature.
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"Only around 1/3 of the most popular paleontology studies involving 3D imaging over the past 2 yrs uploaded their scans online" Not only is this holding back Science but EDUCATION. THANK YOU The fight for control over virtual fossils
Bravo to for taking on the problem of non-availability of 3D datasets used in studies of fossils! "The fight for control over virtual fossils"
This is a fascinating piece providing insight into why many palaeontologists are reluctant to share data alongside their publications HT
Bernhard Zipfel is 100% right about scientific colonialism. Incredibly few American or European researchers provide 3D data in usable formats back to the African institutions that curate fossils, or do so only under contracts that limit access to others.
The fight for control over virtual fossils | Palaeontologists have been urged to share 3D scans of fossils online, but a Nature analysis finds that few researchers do so.