Enhancing Access to and Sharing of Data

Reconciling Risks and Benefits for Data Re-use across Societies

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This report examines the opportunities of enhancing access to and sharing of data (EASD) in the context of the growing importance of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. It discusses how EASD can maximise the social and economic value of data re-use and how the related risks and challenges can be addressed. It highlights the trade-offs, complementarities and possible unintended consequences of policy action – and inaction. It also provides examples of EASD approaches and policy initiatives in OECD countries and partner economies.



This introductory chapter explains the importance of data access and sharing in the context of current technological developments. It points to barriers to data access, sharing and re-use and some of the issues further discussed in the following chapters. It concludes by presenting the objective of the report and an overview of its structure.


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