Here is a presentation intro I’ve used recently in talks about data sharing and reuse. I post it as a reference to thank those who share their Flickr photos under Creative Commons licenses.
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If I have seen farther it is by standing on the shoulders of giants, said Isaac Newton and others before him.
While historians speculate that Isaac Newton was actually being sarcastic,
most of us would agree that science progresses by standing on shoulders of those who came before. Or by kneeling on their backs. Or clambering up their work any other way we can.
I suggest that when we share our research output, not only as published research descriptions, but also in the form of open datasets and methods, we are, in effect, making our shoulders broader.
All of a sudden, a lot more people can build on our work.
Researchers can climb higher than otherwise possible,
and jump up and down on our findings to make sure they are really stable.
It allows contributions from places we may never have expected,
and investigators can explore places they never could have on their own.
In short, our broad-shouldered research can make a contribution that far exceeds its original role.
Edited 2010/08/09 to add concluding photo.