Researchers Are Ready For Open Data

Researchers Are Ready For Open Data

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Elsevier, a large scientific publisher released a survey "Future of Search and Discovery" looking at the attitudes and opinions of more than 1,200 researchers across the globe. Open raw data, API's and linked data are clearly on their radar.

Amsterdam, 28 September 2010

Elsevier has released the results of a survey "Future of Search and Discovery" that amongst others reveals the current attitude and opinions on open data, API's and linked data. The group of more than 1200 researchers surveyed mainly came from academia (79%) with the others from government (15%) and industry (7%). From the press release:

"The survey investigates the current understanding of the prospective impact of open data and the opening up of platforms through the release of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The results clearly suggest awareness of the potential these trends hold for enhancing search. In fact, almost all respondents agree that “open data is important to the future of search and discovery,” with 71 percent indicating it is “very important” and another quarter (26%) finding it “somewhat important.”
Researchers also have a high level of awareness of APIs, seeing them as important components that can foster innovation. Eight in 10 concur the “availability of APIs will foster experimentation and the development of innovative search and discovery applications.”
“The ability to find and access raw data is increasingly critical to research. As the volume of data continues to grow and repositories proliferate, researchers will need new solutions to help them find and use that data,” explained Judson Dunham, Senior Product Manager Science and Technology for Elsevier. “New platforms, APIs and tailored applications can help to release the full potential of that data. The survey suggests that researchers recognize the potential for these trends to accelerate research.”"

"“Trends like openness and interoperability can empower researchers and developers to build innovative applications for solving specific research pain-points. Researchers also clearly hope and expect to benefit from the social revolution on the web, seeing the formation of knowledge networks that will help filter the growing pool of available and useful content.”", Dunham added.