"Openness increases transparency and reliability, facilitates more effective collaboration, accelerates the pace of discovery, and fosters broader and more equitable access to scientific knowledge and to the research process itself."
— National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25116
Success stories of how open data has made a difference
This paper "Nine simple ways to make it easier to (re)use your data" by Ethan P. White et al. presents 9 recommendations for scientists on how to to make their data understandable, easy to analyze, and readily available: