Open Environmental Data in Developing Countries: Who Benefits?
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Should research institutions from developing countries provide open access to their data? Who would benefit? These are highly relevant questions for environmental research. In the backdrop of increasing discussions regarding open data, attention should be paid to guarantee that research institutions from developing countries do not become mere data providers. At the same time, restricted access to data should not become a barrier for advancing our knowledge of critical environmental issues. Open access policies for environmental data must be developed not only for advancing science, but also to provide growing opportunities for researchers in developing countries.
Scientific research plays a crucial role in addressing global environmental problems, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and water scarcity. Advances in these fields strongly rely on the availability of data allowing researchers to better understand environmental processes. From temperature records obtained using...
KeywordsOpen Data Scientific Cooperation Cooperation Network Open Access Policy Global Historical Climatology Network
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