|Data safe from hackers, but certainly not "open access": punch-card storage from the 1950|
If you haven’t heard of it, this post will hopefully still make sense, but if you would like to read up on roughly what is going on, I recommend these two summaries of the situation. A very brief description of the situation (and all you need to know for understanding this post) is that we, as a scientific community, realized that the way we do science, i.e. how we hypothesize, set up experiments, test participants, analyze data and publish results, did not often lead to reliable, robust results (Open Science Collaboration, 2015, Klein et al., 2017). This is not very productive for both our scientific field nor those who pay for our research (most likely you, the taxpayer) in the long term. If by now you are worried about your favorite psychological effect, you can check whether it still holds up here.
One of the puzzle pieces scientists interested in seeing better, more reliable research practices are championing is the practice of open access to anonymised experimental and survey data. This practice is called “open data”, and yes, you can get a badge for it: