Assistant Professor Ayoung Yoon recently published a book chapter on data sharing practices in developing countries, titled “Data sharing practice and policy challenges in developing countries: The context of Uganda,” with researchers from Muteesa Royal University, Uganda, as a part of their research project, Data Sharing and Reuse in Developing Countries.
The rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) has transformed the functioning of the public and private sectors in developing countries, like Uganda. However, the inherent barriers to data sharing in developing countries such as scarcity of resources, limited technical knowledge, and data unreliability presents considerable challenges. Additionally, decision makers have a challenge of implementing data sharing policies, laws, and strategies relevant to support sustainable growth. In Uganda, the development of ICT and the Internet has provided an access platform for data sharing among various stakeholders, including scholarly researchers, private companies, public entities, telecommunication agencies, developers, and security agencies. While policies for data sharing have not yet been fully defined, Uganda reformed its ICT policy in 1996 to enable government deregulation of the country’s telecommunication sector, which led to the development of a platform for effective information sharing. The existing challenges of data sharing demonstrate the weakness in the existing policy and culture in Uganda. This review chapter aims to analyze the challenges, current practices, and policies relevant to data sharing in developing countries in the context of Uganda. This review contributes to an understanding on how policies affect data sharing in developing countries.