Researchers in public funded science consortia agree that making their data accessible with the community is their obligation. Those mandated to use Community Data Systems (CDSs) prefer to share data with their collaborators and funders rather than make it open access. Their rationale to choose against open sharing includes the lack of incentives and lapses of memory. Features that address these two aspects are not included in current CDS implementations. We speculate that an interface framed as a device to secure data citations would positively influence researchers choices. We are performing a series of on-line experiments with subjects from the Life Sciences using the SEEK4Science platform as test-bed. One possible implication of our results is that Lib- ertarian paternalism could be included in the Community Data Systems’ design toolkit as a viable alternative to the current practices.
- libertarian paternalism
- open research data