In the last 10-15 years many funding agencies, in the federal and private sector, have passed public access and data sharing policies for funded research. Funding agencies worldwide understand the importance of broad, public access to research results as a mechanism to advance scientific knowledge, increase research transparency, and support research integrity. While the policies are strong, infrastructure to conduct compliance checking and track research outputs requires significant investments of people and/or significant technology development. Thus, the impact these policies have on the frequency of open access and sharing outputs, is not easily determined.
Within its suite of services, Ripeta can provide funders with a report of the frequency of well-established reporting guidelines from published articles and research outputs. In September 2020, Ripeta partnered with Wellcome to do a retrospective analysis of the change in public access and data sharing in 2016 and 2019. We were curious about the motivations, needs, and usefulness of the report and have asked David Carr, Programme Manager, from Wellcome to provide their perspective on the following questions:
Question & Answer
Q: What were your motivations for requesting the RipetaReport? What were you curious about that the RipetaReport provided you?
Q: What insights did you gain from the ripetaReport?
Q: What did you find surprising in the analysis within the ripetaReport?
Q: What actions are you planning to take as a result of the ripetaReport?
The full version of the Wellcome 2016 & 2019 Transparency Report may be found here.