Research Remix

April 10, 2008

Why study Data Sharing? (+ why share your data)

Filed under: Uncategorized — Heather Piwowar @ 11:04 am

A few weeks ago I was asked to give a short presentation to my department about my research. My slides are below, both as a slideshare and also as a PDF with commentary notes.

The presentation gives a brief overview of why data sharing is important, why we need to study it, some of what we’ve learned, and what we still don’t know. Spoiler: it concludes with an encouragement to share your own research data.

Why study Data Sharing? (+ why share your data)

click for Slides with Commentary Notes

Two process questions:

1. Does anyone know of a better way to share slide spoken content, other than “PDF with notes”? I don’t *want* my slides to include everything I say, because that makes for a boring presentation in real life. But how else to communicate the information when archiving? Slideshare does allow voice-over, but frankly that raises the barrier of entry for me (record a podcast, aack). Any other ideas?

2. Any open clip art sources, other than and ? These have lots of things, but unfort still don’t rival the variety that comes with PowerPoint. I looked, but there just didn’t include the right hats.  So the presentation includes Microsoft clipart. Guessing that means I can’t make those images CC. Guessing that means I can’t post the presentation on Nature Precedings. Oh well, small steps.


  1. Yes,

    I would suggest contacting Dr Alan Cann, Leicester Uni.

    (skip the 1st entry)

    And then poop off to Flickr/CC for a rather large selection of searchable images.

    Comment by McDawg — April 10, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

  2. Oops

    Comment by McDawg — April 10, 2008 @ 1:06 pm

  3. Perfect!

    I searched for Flickr photos and art with CC licenses that permit commercial use and modification. “We found 18,634 results matching hat.”

    Great tip. Thanks!

    Comment by Heather Piwowar — April 10, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  4. I know you said you didn’t want to record your talk but if you ever do, you can leverage that easily by using a transcription service. For most of my talks I use CastingWords and dump the transcripts in a blog, like this:
    With a link back to the actual recording people who find your transcript via a Google search will discover your work. A lot of people don’t have time to listen to an entire talk but can easily skim a transcript. The transcript can also be used as a reference when you want to cite your work.

    Comment by Jean-Claude Bradley — April 10, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

  5. I think recording the audio and screencast of the talk (as Jean-Claude almost always does) is a great way to do it. That way you have both slides (on slideshare), audio (potentially as podcast), and a screencast (including any mouse movement) with audio. People can choose what they want. Slideshare is good because people can download the slides (and re-use, re-mix). Synching the audio with the slideshow is a pain though. Only catch is screencasting requires the software. CamStudio is free and ok but a bit limited, CamTasia is not free (~$300) and has many more useful features for cleanup.

    Comment by Cameron Neylon — April 10, 2008 @ 3:28 pm

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