Why is data sharing important?

 

The importance of sharing data is evident through the funding of projects such as BioMedBridges and CORBEL.

The objective of these projects is to better enable researchers to access biomedical data and information by facilitating the process of sharing across organisations, scientific sectors and countries.

In their Ethical Governance Framework document, the BioMedBridges project explains the importance of enabling data access, highlighting that increasing the use of data ultimately provides more societal benefit. The example they provide is that of new health research discoveries "through the re-analysis of expensive, rare or unrepeatable investigations".