Berkeley Lab Cybersecurity Specialist Highlights Data Sharing Benefits, Challenges at NAS Meeting

There are many reasons why data isn’t widely shared by organizations that collect it or between scientists who analyze it in search of new scientific insights. This topic, and ways to overcome those barriers in a world of data-driven science, was the subject of a recent meeting of the Committee on Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Public Policy (COSEMPUP), a joint unit of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine, which took place on November 8, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

The core topic of the meeting was data sharing in biomedical science, so presentations focused on current challenges in biomedical data sharing and identifying potential solutions from other domains that could be applied, noted Sean Peisert, a leading cybersecurity researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and an invited speaker at the meeting. He discussed how the strategic use and combination of computer security and privacy-preserving techniques can be used to overcome certain data-sharing barriers and serve as a means to facilitate, enhance, and create incentives for increased data sharing in the sciences - thereby accelerating data-driven scientific discovery.

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