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Survey on dataset sharing and reuse

Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:39 pm
by mleipold
Hi all,

I'm cross-posting this from Cytoforum ( ) and the Purdue flow cytometry mailing list, in an effort to get maximum visibility on this effort.

There was a thread about a year ago on dataset sharing and reuse: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1333&p=3791

I recently went back and re-evaluated things for the last year, to see if there had been any increase in sharing.

In short: no, there has not been any change/increase in dataset sharing; only about 1/4 of CyTOF papers shared their data publicly. See attached PDFs in the above Cytoforum link.

Therefore, I have written a Google Forms survey on dataset sharing and reuse, focused on CyTOF (including Hyperion/IMC and MIBI), high-D flow (18 colors or more), and RNA (bulk RNAseq, scRNAseq, qPCR, etc).

The survey is broken into sections, if you only want to answer for the technologies that you personally use. The questions are mostly checkboxes, so it shouldn't take very long to fill out. The survey is also anonymous: no significant identifiers are requested (not even email address), as we want people to honestly answer.

Here is the link:

We're asking for everyone to respond as individuals: please answer for yourself, and don't worry about your coauthors. Please let me know if you have trouble accessing or completing the survey (either on here, or in direct email at mleipold[at]stanford[dot]edu).

Please share this as broadly as possible. In particular, I would greatly appreciate it if any core managers could forward to their user base.

The survey will run from June 17 until July 31. Yes, the intention is to make the results public at some point afterward: I'm not sure what shape this will take, though, as we've had trouble getting journals to publish even a Letter on data sharing.

I would like to thank El-ad Amir, Lisa Wagar, Anna Belkina, Helen McGuire, Elena Hsieh, Lars Olsen, Joanne Lannigan, Ryan Brinkman, Bill O'Gorman, Natalia Sigal, and Cheryl Kim for helpful comments during the drafting process.