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Open data ‘integral part of research’ says British Psychological Society

18 June 2020

We've published a new position statement on open data as part of our commitment to supporting and facilitating open research.

Defining open data as data that can be freely-used, re-used and redistributed by anyone, the new statement highlights the society’s recognition of the principle of data being ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’. 

While acknowledging that not all data can be open due a range of key considerations, the BPS is clear that restrictions to data must be justified and justifiable.

It flags that there should be no negative consequences for researchers or participants in those instances where it cannot be shared. 

Dr Lisa Morrison Coulthard, BPS head of research and impact, said:

“Open data is beneficial in so many ways, from supporting the discovery of new knowledge to providing an evidence base for future research. 

We are huge advocates for open research and this paper aims to clarify our position on open data and its value to psychological research.

Over the next few months, we will also be developing a portfolio of resources to support researchers in data sharing and other open research practices.”

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