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The Challenges of Sharing Data

Data sharing refers to the practice of giving data users in another organisation access to a data resource. You may want to grant access to your data to a researcher or a business that has the skills or technology to create value from the data, such as new insights.

Data sharing has numerous benefits. It allows for collaboration between organisations and enables an ecosystem of businesses to work closely together to achieve common goals. Data sharing also plays a critical role in building knowledge for communal benefit.

Data Sharing Challenges

While data sharing has several benefits, it also has challenges that we can’t ignore. Historically, many data owners have had difficulties in agreeing to share data. They may see data sharing as too risky because of the challenges associated with privacy and security. They may be concerned about losing control of “their data” and it being used inappropriately or disclosed to other parties. Understanding the challenges can help data owners beat them.

Specific Data Sharing Challenges Faced by Data Owners

While data sharing is well-established in research institutions where it is a vital part of verifying results and conclusions, many data owners in private and public sector organisations may feel challenged when sharing data for the first time. Some of these challenges include:

  • Data sensitivity
  • Organising data in a presentable, sharable, and useful way
  • Accidental disclosure of confidential or personal information
  • Deliberate disclosure of data by a bad actor
  • Violation of intellectual property rights and other interests
  • Loss of control over data
  • Costs of sharing data
  • Misuse of data for unauthorized purposes

Why You Need To Address The Challenges Of Data Sharing

Data sharing has several benefits for progressive organisations and is considered critical for projects that need collaboration between stakeholders. Data sharing also contributes to the future success of a business by making information available and accessible. This data can then be reused and reinterpreted in ways that address new areas of understanding, such as in developing better government policy or enhancing consumer services. By taking the right precautions and insisting on proper data management and organisation, data sharing can become a smooth and streamlined exercise.

Creating A Data Sharing Agreement – The Best Way To Break Through

By establishing a data sharing agreement, it is easier for data owners and data users to propagate responsible data sharing and understand each other’s needs. A data sharing agreement based on sound principles lays everything out on the table so that both data owners and data users understand their obligations.

A good approach is to base the data sharing agreement around the best practices for keeping the data safe from disclosure and misuse. This structure helps to guide you towards getting data sharing off the ground without breaching privacy law or creating other adverse impacts on people and organisations.

A data sharing agreement should address what data can be shared, what uses can be made of data, where and how data can be shared, who has authority to access data, and what outputs are permitted to be produced from the data. The agreement will address concerns about release of the data, or any outputs produced from it to the public or third parties.

Are you actively looking for ways to overcome the challenges of data sharing and enjoy the benefits it offers? Creating an effective data sharing agreement is crucial.

Contact us below for assistance in setting up your data sharing agreement.

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