This article is published in PLOS Medicine
Open data and data sharing are essential for maximising the benefits that can be obtained from institutional and research datasets. In 2012, the medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) decided to adopt a data sharing policy for routinely collected clinical and research data. Here we describe the policy’s principles, practicalities,and development process. We hope this paper will encourage and help other humanitarian and nongovernmental organizations to share their data with public health researchers for the benefit of the populations with which they work.