This started out as a request to CSIRO for data used in coming to conclusions in the Drought Exceptional Circumstances Report, which spawned a series of posts and some furore when the data were not forthcoming immediately. Kevin Hennessy of CSIRO informs me that the data are now available on the BoM website. Credit is due to Kevin for making this happen, as he had to get the permission of all parties to the report, the Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO, before the data could be released. I will post the results when I have them. In the meantime, I was reflecting on reasons why people should share data:

1. Greater recognition of your work through increased citations and follow-on research.
2. Multiple copies protect it from accidental erasure.
3. Because many eyes have looked at it, it will be of higher quality.
4. You receive good press as a result.
5. Economic benefits can accrue.
6. It fulfils obligations, such as a corporate vision of sharing research outcomes.
7. Satisfaction is gained from benefiting the broader community.
8. Supports other areas of your business.
9. Helps to build a community of researchers around a common resource.
10. Independent lines of research based on it might result in the right answer.

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