AGAIN: sharing the data

Giancarlo Macchi
Mon Sep 25 09:36:45 CEST 2006

Hi Dorothy,
Well the point is exactly this. I will use your case as an
example, but also to know if things are different in the UK.
So this mail is full of questions.

The people from the RCAHMS gave you an archaeological
digital data set. Let's call this dataset x.
You will conduct a research. During this research you will
apply a some quantitative methods, approaches etc. Let's
imagine your research can be synthesized as a function: f().
So we may hope that at the end of your research you will
publish a volume, that if I have understood will be available
to everyone through the RCAHMS library. Let's call the outcome
of your research V.
So basically we may say that:

     f(x) -> V

Once V is published how can I validate or refuse V? Will
other people around the world be entitled to have access
to x? I mean the exact data set you have used. But also f()
is important. What are the exact algorithm's you have used?
Are they open or closed source?
So basically my point is that for a real scientific approach
it is important to the public have access to V (obviously)
but also to x and eventually to f().

Sebastian, my original post (AGAIN: sharing the data) wants
to address this point. I want you and everybody else around
the globe to be entitled to challenge my models. To do that
I need do guarantee you access to my data.



Dorothy Graves ha scritto:
> I can chime in a tiny bit from the UK/Scotland side of things.  All of 
> my preliminary archaeological data came from the RCAHMS, and one of 
> the requirements they made was that I would give them a copy of my 
> thesis/digital data when I completed.  My research would be available 
> to anyone in the public from that moment forward, because it'd be part 
> of the RCAHMS library.  On the other hand, the geographical data I 
> used (i.e. the 1:10k DTMs and vector-based data) is the sole property 
> of the Ordnance Survey, and expensive to get ahold of unless you're 
> part of a university or other scheme allowing access.  That stuff is 
> of course available at Digimap ( 

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