There are some efforts underway to do this. I'm familiar with and A couple of SE groups have 
started data and model problem repositories, such as

Thanks for the links.  figshare looks interesting.

The challenge is getting everyone on board. For now, I don't see a compelling 
reason to use these places.

People could just as easily use git-hub,
which is used by a lot of researchers to make their code freely
available (git-hub make their money from people paying for hosting
of privately avaialble code).

Your paper "Automated topic naming to support cross-project analysis
of software maintenance activities" is in my pile of interesting ones
to read in more detail.  You can read about my own interest in naming

I suspect it won't happen until journals and conferences begin to insist on it. 
There is a reason why retraction rates are so low in CS and SE: no way to 
reproduce results to confirm.

Cameron Neylon is a good point man on the issues around Science 2.0 and open 
access (

Neil Ernst

On 2012-02-16, at 7:15, Derek M Jones wrote:


A couple of researchers I have contacted to obtain data
told me that they have either lost it or did not make an
effort to keep it.

Having someplace that people could automatically upload their
data to might help preserve more of it, as well as making
life easier for other by cutting down on search time.

A while back I was asked to prepare an area on the PPIG website where people 
could upload data for public consumption (surrounded by appropriate caveats of 
course). The data I was preparing for didn't ever turn up so the area remains 
hidden, but I can certainly expose this in some way if people wish to use it.

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