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    Credit for Data Sharing

    The AAMC, the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT Center), and the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) created the Credit for Data Sharing initiative to describe and implement a system to appropriately credit researchers for sharing data. The scope of this project is on scientific data after it has been generated and the decision to share it has been made.

    An early framework for this project was published in April 2017 and formed the basis to develop a system for how credit for data sharing could be put into practice.

    Credit for Data Sharing Workshop

    An invitation-only workshop at the AAMC's headquarters in April 2018 engaged a broad group of invested parties to specifically focus on refining a proposed data tracking process and the actions needed from academic institutions, journals and publishers, and nonprofit and government funding agencies to support and increase data sharing by making it possible for researchers to receive credit for their work. Workshop materials:


    The AAMC, the MRCT Center, and Vivli, an independent, nonprofit organization that has developed a global data sharing and analytics platform, presented a webinar in November 2019. The discussion focused on methodologies for appropriating credit in data sharing and how purpose-driven data sharing enhances scientific discovery and ensures data generators receive credit for their work.

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