We recently published a pretty cool little paper (if I do say so myself), but it was a really long time in coming.
Scientists have a responsibility to share our data and communicate our findings . But pretty much every scientist I know has data coming out of his or her ears. The time and mental power to organize that data are limited and must be spent wisely. While we pursue the most promising research directions and fulfill ever-growing professional obligations, interesting and even important results can fall by the wayside. It’s sad and perhaps wasteful, but I haven’t found a solution to this problem. I have learned that it’s very satisfying to bring a bit of this buried data out into the light.