Developing a Plan for Data Sharing

  • Christine Bachrach
  • Michael Spittel


Funding agencies are increasingly encouraging researchers to make their data available for secondary uses. Developing a data sharing plan requires investigators to balance user access with the need to protect confidentiality and prevent harm to participants. An effective plan selects an appropriate model for data sharing; develops procedures and tools for protecting and informing human subjects and documenting and disseminating data; and establishes timelines and realistic cost estimates. Many available resources provide information about data sharing issues and tools.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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