Credit and Recognition for Contributions to Data-Sharing Platforms Among Cohort Holders and Platform Developers in Europe

The European Commission is funding projects that aim to establish data-sharing platforms to enhance and facilitate the international sharing of cohort data. However, broad data sharing may be restricted by the lack of adequate recognition for those who share data. This study describes in depth the concerns about acquiring credit for data sharing within epidemiological research. During their interviews, seventeen interviewees argued that data sharing within international projects could challenge authorship guidelines in multiple ways. Respondents generally looked favourably upon alternatives to the current evaluation system to potentially ameliorate these issues.

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