Our approach to data-sharing is governed by two simple principles:
- Data-sharing must be equitable and appropriate, and
- Data users must acknowledge the work of contributing researchers by citing the data source.
These principles are applied in different ways for different data releases because the definition of “equitable” and “appropriate” can vary. They depend on the community of researchers involved, the scientific objectives of the project for which the data was generated, and the nature of the data. For example, human data is subjected to different restrictions than parasite data.
MalariaGEN data resources – amounting to more than 130 terabytes to date – have been generated in collaboration with independent researchers in malaria-endemic countries through a number of distinct projects with varied scientific and translational objectives.