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Unit 4 Summary

This unit explores ethical concerns in using, sharing, and preserving research data. Because research receives support in various ways from the academic community and broader society, researchers have a duty to advance the research community, meet practical social needs, and educate the public. One way to fulfill this duty is to disseminate one’s discovery and research data, but sharing of research data should follow intellectual property laws and relevant institutional policies. Open access publishing provides one way to share one’s discovery broadly for free. Finally, to maximize the value of existing data, research leaders should take care to preserve and secure data for future use.



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