One thing I expected with my new job was to have difficult arguments with scientists about why they should make their data open. While it received lots of critical response on twitter, I had a sneaking feeling that ‘research parasite‘ editorial published earlier this year was actually reflective of a larger, if unstated, line of thought.
However, initial conversations at Delft seem to imply that something a little different. While there may be pockets of resistance, there are plenty of scientists who are intrigued or committed to openness.
Therefore I suspect the more difficult part of publishing opendata is actually sorting out the detail. How do deal with versions, problematic formats, getting high quality metadata. Working out costs. How best to pick the low hanging fruit, rather clambering to the top of the tree to find the fruit.
Part of the reason for this might be that TU Delft already has an impressive Open Science programme. The focus for ‘open’ is not just Open access for articles, but covers the lifecycle of the work in teaching and research. So there is an Open Education programme for MOOC and OERs and an open ICT programme, sitting along side the tpush for openness in Research Data. Whatever type of role a member of staff or student is playing, the exposure to openess will be present.