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This paper presents the findings of the Belmont Forum’s survey on Open Data which targeted the global environmental research and data infrastructure community. It highlights users’ perceptions of the term “open data”, expectations of infrastructure functionalities, and barriers and enablers for the sharing of data. A wide range of good practice examples was pointed out by the respondents which demonstrates a substantial uptake of data sharing through e-infrastructures and a further need for enhancement and consolidation.

The survey includes a catalogue of recommended existing training activities relevant to the Belmont Forum. Analysis of responses to the survey indicated that priority challenges and the skills most in need of improvement are:

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