Motivating Subjects: Data Sharing in Cancer Research


Fri Feb 17, 2012


Jennifer Tucker
Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program


Data Sharing





This presentation will share the results of a research project that explored the link between personal motivation and institutional messaging related to scientific data sharing. The premise of this research was that motivation and emotion are key elements of what it means to be human, and consequently, are important variables in how individuals make decisions and take action. At the same time, institutional controls and social messaging send a variety of signals intended to motivate specific actions and behaviors. Data sharing is both a personal decision, and a social level need and problem. Understanding the interplay between personal motives and social influences helps point to strategies that better align individual and social perceptions and discourse about data sharing.



Jennifer Tucker currently serves as the Associate Deputy Administrator for the Department of Agriculture's National Organic Program. Prior to this, she was an organization development consultant working with a variety of scientific and technology programs and organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control, the National Recreation and Parks Association, and the Agricultural Marketing Service. Jenny's primary career interest lies in connecting the personal with the social in scientific and technological contexts - with the goal of aligning the hopes of individuals with the visions of organizations to achieve better outcomes for both. Jenny holds a B.A. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Management, and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies. She is the author of "Type and Project Management," published by CPP, Inc.


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