Introduction: Unlocking the Value of Data Sharing

Multi-sector collaboration requires us to go beyond what is comfortable and familiar. This short paper introduces you to a basic method for reaching out to those in your community who may share your interest in collaborating and sharing data. We walk through three basic steps for outreach and provide questions to guide your conversation:

  1. Do your homework – Who should you talk to?
  2. Reach out and listen – What do they care about?
  3. Identify shared value – What’s in it for us?

This paper outlines the process of discovering value of multi-sector data sharing initiatives. We are following this introduction with a series of sector-specific papers, available at

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