July 15, 2014
Open science has grown tremendously in the past few years. While there’s still a long way to go, the availability of data, software, and other materials is making it possible to re-use these products to expand upon previous work and apply them to new areas. Through responsible conduct of research (RCR) training, journal requirements, changing individual and institutional principles, and open access evangelism, it’s now much more common for researchers to package their work with the intention of sharing it with others. What exactly this entails depends on a lot of things, including the field of research, the type of data, and how the data were processed and analyzed. At a minimum, one would hope for all of the appropriate data, a description of the software used for analysis or the software itself, and some metadata describing the data and how it was processed.