Sharing is caring…and not sharing can be reprehensible
Shirley Wu has recently written on the fears and issues of being scooped and whether this is field dependent or not. Her discussion, and the NYT article seems to suggest that these fears are greatest in precisely those disciplines where sharing could lead to advances with direct implications for people, their survival, and their quality of life.
I, to be honest, have been getting more and more depressed about the fact that this keeps coming back as the focus of any discussion about Open Notebooks or Open Science. Why is the assumption that by sharing we are going to be cheated? Surely we should be debating about the balance between benefits and risks. And about how this compares to the balance of benefits and risks in not being open. Particularly when those risks relate to people’s chance of survival.