Summary from the report:
On 23-24 September 2009 an international discussion workshop on “Main Drivers for Successful Re-Use of Research Data” was held in Berlin, prepared and organised by the Knowledge Exchange Working Group on Primary Research Data. The main focus of the workshop was on the benefits, challenges and obstacles of re-using data from a researcher’s perspective. The use cases presented by researchers from a variety of disciplines (13 presentations) were supplemented by two keynotes and selected presentations by specialists from infrastructure institutions, publishers, and funding bodies (national and European level, 8 presentations). By choosing this design the workshop was able to provide a critical evaluation of what lessons have been learned concerning sharing and re-using research data from a researcher’s perspective and what actions might be taken to encourage and facilitate more successful re-use. Despite the individual differences characterising the diverse disciplines, it became clear that important issues are comparable. Apart from several technical challenges such as metadata exchange standards and quality assurance it was obvious that the most important obstacles to re-using research data more efficiently are socially determined. It was agreed that in order to overcome this problem more effort should be made 1) to raise awareness and 2) to encourage stakeholders to combine forces in order to support and stimulate sharing and re-use of research data on all levels (researchers, institutions, publishers, funders, governments).