On the 17th of March 2021, the European Brain Research Area (EBRA) workshop “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Data Sharing” took place virtually from 9 am to 1 pm. During this workshop data sharing issues in brain research including legal and ethical considerations in data governance, were discussed with representatives from EBRAINS and EBRA’s clusters. At the end of the workshop, they concluded that data sharing is not a one-solution-for-all requirements issue, but rather, needs different platforms and approaches for various scientific areas and applications. Thus, a broader discussion is often necessary, taking into account local/area specific constraints and opportunities. A central issue is the quality of data/results and their maintenance. Furthermore, it was concluded that guidance, rather than more guidelines, is called for, which requires experienced people and accessibility to reduce entry barriers.

For more information, we invite you to check out the workshop booklet, the report and the recording.