Rethinking Academic Data Sharing

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Roger Peng of Simply Statistics has another angle on GDPR and personal data privacy. Researchers widely value reproducibility, and there is broadly a push towards sharing both the code and data that underly a paper to enable other researchers to reproduce the results. This reproducibility is a cornerstone of the scientific process. But:

I think research on humans is moving in the direction of making it harder to share rather than easier.

This is also true, as laws and norms establishing the privacy rights of individuals begin to take shape. How do we navigate the tradeoff between research reproducibility and personal data privacy? The post is an excellent discussion of the subject.

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