The Limits of Sharing: An Ethical Analysis of the Arguments For and Against the Sharing of Databases and Material Banks

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Abstract

In this article, I study the challenges that make database and material bank sharing difficult for many researchers. I assert that if sharing is prima facie ethical (a view that I will defend), then any practices that limit sharing require justification. I argue that: 1) data and material sharing is ethical for many stakeholders; 2) there are, however, certain reasonable limits to sharing; and 3) the rationale and validity of arguments for any limitations to sharing must be made transparent. I conclude by providing general recommendations for how to ethically share databases and material banks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-381
Number of pages25
JournalAccountability in Research
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • databases
  • limitations
  • material banks
  • sharing
  • valorization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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