Two new articles that explore data sharing were published by NEJM this week. The first, a Sounding Board article titled Data Authorship as an Incentive to Data Sharing , explains how designating a “data author” in clinical trials could help solve the major issue of providing academic credit to investigators who gather data in these trials. The other, a Special Article titled Use of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Data Repository , offers insight into the Biologic Specimen and Data Repository Information Coordinating Center (BioLINCC) of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI). The BioLINCC handles the preparation, presentation and use of clinical data. Depending on the complexity of the study, data preparation can take anywhere from 85 to 350 hours, showing that it is a very intense and significant step in data sharing.