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Huang Xiaolei published a paper in the Correspondence pages of《Nature》about the Chinese sciencific data sharing

  发布时间: 2015-06-21   信息员:   

Huang Xiaolei, “Minjiang Scholar” Distinguish Professor of College of Plant Protection of FAFU, and Ma Keping, researcher of the Institute of Botany of Chinese Academy of Science, together published a communication paper (Nature, 2015, 522: 287) titled “Chinese scientists are sharing data” in the latest issue (June, 18th) of the journal of Nature (impact factor=42.351). The research unit of the first author was FAFU.

On April 30th, a paper published in the journal of Nature said that the Chinese scientists obtained the high quality public data more and more difficultly, it considered that the main responsibility was in the government. Then they wrote an article and stated that, though China had many problems to be solved in aspect of scientific data sharing, the overall trend was becoming more open instead of more difficult to obtain data. The Chinese government has subsidized the construction of a number of national databases in recent years. For example, the National Science and Technology Infrastructures (NSTI; was opened since September, 2009. This website has made substantial progress in recent years in the data sharing of many areas, such as earth system, marine, meteorology, agriculture, forestry, population and health, basic science and so on. As one of the 23 National Science and Technology Infrastructure platforms, the National Specimen Information Infrastructure (NSII; was online since November, 2013. The NSII currently collected 10,613,337 digital data of plants, animals, fossil minerals and polar specimens, which also included 157,991 photos, 1770 videos, and 126,000 copies of literatures.

The paper also stated that the scientific data sharing should not be responsible only by the government. Although the government should play a role in public database construction and setting up of related policies, etc., but for many areas, the individual scientists was the collectors, custodians, analysts and publishers of the data, so the attitudes and behaviors of the scientists would determine the degree of the data sharing to a great extent. Considering that many researchers (even if the publicly funded researchers) were not volunteer to share their data, they called that the scientific community should undertake the due obligations to build the sustainable and bottom-up data sharing culture.

The long-term research interest of Huang Xiaolei is the Diversity, Ecological and Evolutionary of the important agricultural and forestry insects. He has continuously paid attention to the data sharing issue of biodiversity and ecology in recent years. In 2011he and his colleagues put forward the suggestion that the biodiversity databases and science journals should use joint data retention policy, which was published in the journal ofTrends in Ecology & Evolution(5-years impact factor=18.987); in 2012, he carried out the international investigation focusing on the views of data sharing of the scientists in the fields of Biodiversity and Ecology, and the results were published in the journal ofConservation Letters(5-years impact factor=5.42); in 2014, he published a review article on ecological data sharing in the journal of Science (5-years impact factor=34.463), of which the research unit of the first author was FAFU.

Correspondant/Photogragher: College of Plant Protection   Lin Shifa

Translator: Zheng Wei

Auditor: College of Crop Science   Lu Yunhai



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