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The importance of open data and software: Is energy research lagging behind?

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Title: The importance of open data and software: Is energy research lagging behind?
Authors: Pfenninger, S
DeCarolis, J
Hirth, L
Quoilin, S
Staffell, I
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Energy policy often builds on insights gained from quantitative energy models and their underlying data. As climate change mitigation and economic concerns drive a sustained transformation of the energy sector, transparent and well-founded analyses are more important than ever. We assert that models and their associated data must be openly available to facilitate higher quality science, greater productivity through less duplicated effort, and a more effective science-policy boundary. There are also valid reasons why data and code are not open: ethical and security concerns, unwanted exposure, additional workload, and institutional or personal inertia. Overall, energy policy research ostensibly lags behind other fields in promoting more open and reproducible science. We take stock of the status quo and propose actionable steps forward for the energy research community to ensure that it can better engage with decision-makers and continues to deliver robust policy advice in a transparent and reproducible way.
Issue Date: 2-Dec-2016
Date of Acceptance: 27-Nov-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/56796
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2016.11.046
ISSN: 0301-4215
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 211
End Page: 215
Journal / Book Title: Energy Policy
Volume: 101
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/BY/4.0/)
Keywords: MD Multidisciplinary
Energy
Notes: publisher: Elsevier articletitle: The importance of open data and software: Is energy research lagging behind? journaltitle: Energy Policy articlelink: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2016.11.046 content_type: article copyright: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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