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# WIN data sharing decision tree

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***A guide for researchers to follow in designing their study with a view to sharing data on the [WIN XNAT Open Data server](https://cassgvp.github.io/WIN-Open-Neuroimaging-Community/docs/tools/data.html).***
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This is the GitLab repository for the development and early consultation on the WIN data sharing decision tree.
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## The problem

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***"Shared data should as open as possible and as closed as necessary"***.
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Working out how to appropriately share data requires the navigation through various lines of guidance and legislation, notably GDPR. This is a complex process which is discipline and institutionally specific.

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Individual researchers and Principal Investigators would benefit from a single resource which can be worked through to inform their decisions when preparing to share data.
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## The solution
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We are developing a flow chart which researchers can walk through to address the question "Can I share my data on the [WIN XNAT Open Data server](https://cassgvp.github.io/WIN-Open-Neuroimaging-Community/docs/tools/data.html)?".
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*Working through this flow chart will aid researchers in designing their projects and conducting the necessary stages of data preparation in order to share their data without compromising their ethical and legal obligations to participants and research funders.*
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## What are we doing?

The Open WIN Steering Committee have been working to delineate the stages a researcher should (and in some cases *must*) go through in order to share their data in accordance with University of Oxford Best Practice and GDPR.

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We are now opening this work up to the community to provide feedback on bottlenecks, missing guidance and further refinements.
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This consultation will start by inviting a small number of researchers (with a range of data types) to comment on the proposed guidance. Notes from these consultation meetings are shared below.
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- [Meeting 1: Process 1-3](./docs/CallNotes-SoftLanuch-process1-3.md)
- [Meeting 2: Process 4-5](./docs/CallNotes-SoftLanuch-process4-5.md)
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- [Meeting 3: General Questions](./docs/CallNotes-SoftLanuch-outstandingQuestions.md)
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## What do we need
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We need researchers to walk through these documents with their existing or hypothetical research projects, to help us to identify gaps, issues and solutions.
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Take a look at these documents:
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- [The decision tree](./docs/decision-tree.md)
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- [Appendices and notes](./docs/decision-tree-appendicies.md)
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If you'd like to comment on these documents or contribute to the development of this resource, please take a look at the [CONTRIBUTING](CONTRIBUTING.md) guide.
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## Who are we

This project is being lead by the [Open WIN Steering Group](https://www.win.ox.ac.uk/open-win)

Contributions to the development of this resource will be solicited from the [Open WIN Community](https://cassgvp.github.io/WIN-Open-Neuroimaging-Community/)

The XNAT Open Data Server is being developed by the [Open Data Team](https://cassgvp.github.io/WIN-Open-Neuroimaging-Community/docs/tools/data.html#working-group-members-alphabetically)

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## Contact us

The easiest way to get in touch is via our [GitLab issues](https://git.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/open-science/data-sharing-decision-tree/-/issues). Leave a comment or feedback and we'll be in touch!

You are also welcome to email the Open WIN Community Engagement Coordinator  at [cassandra.gouldvanpraag@psych.ox.ac.uk](mailto:cassandra.gouldvanpraag@psych.ox.ac.uk), to discuss this project, make suggestions, or just say "Hi"!

## Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to look at these documents. We are excited to build this essential tool to help you deliver on your ambitions to share your data with the world.

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# Acknowledgements and citation
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Please review our [acknowledgements and requirements for citing this resource](ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.md).