Thanks to information and communication technology and globalisation new opportunities arise to exchange results of scientific research – publications and research data – and even of scientific methods and practices. This new way of practising science is called ‘open science’.
Open data is a part of this movement towards open science. It is the ambition of universities, governments, funders and publishers to make research data optimally suited for reuse.
There are different reasons why you may not be able to share your research data. Thinking about these issues and challenges when developing your data management plan will help you reflect on such reasons in an early stage.