Publishing Data

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Vincent S. Smith has published a commentary (Data publication: Towards a database of everything) in BMC Research Notes that discusses the potentials and challenges of publishing data:

The fabric of science is changing, driven by a revolution in digital technologies that facilitate the acquisition and communication of massive amounts of data. This is changing the nature of collaboration and expanding opportunities to participate in science. If digital technologies are the engine of this revolution, digital data are its fuel. But for many scientific disciplines, this fuel is in short supply. The publication of primary data is not a universal or mandatory part of science, and despite policies and proclamations to the contrary, calls to make data publicly available have largely gone unheeded...


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... Without connecting these disparate datasets the true potential of data reuse and repurposing is lost. New data integration services are already emerging, transforming data discovery on the web from lists of search results into tools that compute answers to structured questions. Recent high profile examples include Google Squared [11] and Wolfram Alpha [12]...

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