Every sector in the science community has a valuable role to play in improving the global research enterprise by supporting open access to data.
Scientists, research centres and institutions, publishers, funding agencies, academies and libraries all have vitally important responsibilities.
Open data should be the default position for publicly funded science.
Exceptions should be limited to issues of privacy, safety, security and to commercial use in the public interest.
As with all scholarly publication, open access has protocols for citing and crediting data created by others.
In an era of new technology, some basic technical standards can help to make big data sets more user-friendly for all researchers.