Thank you for visiting the “eScience Portal for Librarians.” The “eScience Portal” is no longer being maintained by the University of Massachusetts. This regional resource has been adapted by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and is sustained by the network of regional medical libraries across the country. Please visit https://nnlm.gov/data for up-to-date data services and resources supported and vetted by the National Libraries of Medicine. We look forward to your continued involvement in the programming in the New England Region and beyond. If you have questions, please contact Mary.Piorun@umassmed.edu.

Open Data

Open Data
Definition: 

Open data aims to make certain types of data freely available to everyone to use, repurpose, and republish without restrictions such as copyright or patents. Open data is represented in a number of different fields such as genomics, chemistry, mathematics and many others. Open data promotes transparency in scientific research and fosters collaboration amongst scientific communities and lends itself to interoperability by offering ways to combine data and develop new methodologies that would not otherwise be possible. Data is most useful when it is freely available to the public, easily accessible, described appropriately so that others can use it, reusable, complete and timely. These factors combined foster the quick use of the data and provide better avenues for using the data effectively and collaboratively.