ERG PhD Student Esther Shears on Improving Data Access and Equality

ERG PhD student Esther Shears recently published her work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Her publication, titled “Improving data access democratizes and diversifies science”, focuses on how critical data access is for empirical research and the diversity of scientific research.

Shears shares a two-sentence summary from the abstract of what she found from her analysis, stating that “Scientists who start using Landsat data after access is improved tend to focus on previously understudied regions close to their home location and introduce novel research topics. These findings suggest that policies that improve access to valuable scientific data may promote scientific progress, reduce inequality among scientists, and increase the diversity of scientific research.”

Read the full paper here.