The Cost of Lost Data



Some of the key findings of the infographic include:


· Every year the amount of research data being generated increases by 30%, and yet worryingly a massive 80% of scientific data is lost within two decades

· Since 2000 – 80,000 patients have participated in clinical trials based on research which has later been retracted because of error or fraud

· The number of retractions due to error has grown more than fivefold since 1990


Digital Science have also released a video detailing one case study where a researcher, Billy Hinchen, had his hard drive stolen and lost 4 years of research (and 400gb) and didn’t get his PhD because of this. You can view the video here and Billy is available for comment if you’d like to speak to him. You can also read a short blog about Billy here and it features quotes from him too.

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