Results of the MRS-TMS Big Data Survey

“Big Data” and “Open Data” are topics of great interest in the scientific community today. The outcome of the discussions about these topics will play a major role in the progress of scientific research in the future. Any conclusions could also affect the policies adopted by government and private funding agencies, publishers and editors, universities and private research institutions, and individual research groups worldwide. Thus it is important to set the stage for these discussions by identifying key areas of possible agreement and contention at the outset. (Source:

Following are some of the key results of the survey:

demographics of respondents

Use of Tools

Top Impediments to Data Sharing

Top Motivations for Data Sharing