Am I allowed to redistribute data that was shared with me by another scientist?

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asked Aug 17, 2015 in Open Science by Thomas (915 points)

I like to practice open science but for a recent paper, I am reusing data collected by another scientist. I asked for access the data and it was provided, but the original authors said it was only for my use (and that I could publish a paper based upon the data). In order to be transparent, what should I do to make the data available to others?



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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Aubrey (0 points)
You should advice original authors to post data in open access. That is definitely the best case scenario :-)

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answered Aug 17, 2015 by Zizouz212 (320 points)

Ideally, your collaborators should've given the data to you under a license. If you don't have a license, well, there isn't much you can really do. In most jurisdictions, no license means the fancy All Rights Reserved for the original author, and can yield you a lot of trouble in the long run.



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answered Aug 17, 2015 by Franck Dernoncourt (540 points)

It all depends on the data set license. For some licenses, you would need the authorization from the other scientist. For other, you wouldn't.



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answered Aug 18, 2015 by Jon Tennant (120 points)

The easy answer to this is to ask the original author. Recommend to them that they publish the data online (via eg, Dryad, Figshare, Zenodo - this is all in another thread) and with an appropriate license that allows them to both get credit for the data, and allows others to re-use/remix/re-distribute it.



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