Capturing the views of geoscientists on data sharing: A focus on the Geotechnical Community

Charlotte E L Gilder, Martin Geach, Paul J Vardanega*, Elizabeth A Holcombe, Paul Nowak

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The sharing of Ground Investigation (GI) data within the United Kingdom (UK) is commonly practiced only in large infrastructure projects. A vast amount of GI data collected on routine projects is commonly not made publicly available which is arguably inefficient and potentially unsustainable. This paper captures the opinions of the geoscience community and the GI industry on data sharing to better understand current working practices and potential barriers to data sharing. The results of a survey carried out at the Janet Watson Meeting 2018: A data Explosion: The Impact of Big Data in Geoscience held at the Geological Society of London are reported. This survey is compared with the results of interviews undertaken during the Dig to Share project, a collaborative project led by Atkins, British Geological Survey (BGS) and Morgan Sindall. The opinions and practices of geoscientists towards data sharing across a project life cycle are reviewed. Drivers of risk relating to geotechnical aspects of a project are directly linked to current data sharing practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberqjegh2019-138
Number of pages11
JournalQuarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology
Issue number2
Early online date10 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2021

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Funding Information:
Funding The first author was funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/R51245X/1).

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© 2020 The Author(s). Published by The Geological Society of London. All rights reserved.


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