The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies has published the “Neuroscience and Data Sharing Symposium Report,” the proceedings of a seminar held in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellowships NeuroPolicy Affinity Group on March 21, 2014. This day long symposium provided a forum for the neuroscience community to discuss data sharing, including the obstacles facing the community as well as how cultural changes can lead to improvements in data sharing.
Neuroscience is a rapidly-advancing, interdisciplinary field which has seen growth in both research and public interest since the announcement of the BRAIN Initiative. With this growth comes an increased opportunity for collaboration and sharing of data. Technological advances make sharing data easier and less expensive than ever before. Despite the many advantages to data sharing, there remain many hurdles to overcome. These include insufficient resources, non-standardized data and procedures, and a lack of incentives to share data. In order to create a culture of data sharing, these and other concerns need to be addressed.