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Bill Hooker has written a nice article about ensuring that the data behind published scientific literature are made openly available.

Where are the data? Can I have them? What can I do with them? (17 Dec, 2006).

He takes a practical approach based on the perspective of a researcher. His title says it all.
...an Open Data addendum must at least answer my opening questions: it must point to the online, freely accessible location of the raw, un-hamburgered data; it should make clear that yes, you can have them; and it should state clearly what you can do with them.
Although he mentions "public repositories" for data, he does not address long-term preservation and usability issues.

- Jim Jacobs

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Just catching up with the

Just catching up with the world after being away for the last month. I found this in my inbox and thought it may be of interest to the group. The initial blog entry says it is not there, but if you go to the swivel link they now have data. This is thinking out there, but not so far that we can't relate to the concepts. I enjoyed some of the responses. I am not sure calling it YouTube for data is a positive, but it certainly gets your attention. http://www.freakonomics.com/blog/2006/12/05/a-youtube-for-data/ or go directly to: http://www.swivel.com

Thanks for the link, and the

Thanks for the link, and the kind words. I'm fairly new to the idea of Open Access/Data/Science and working my way through the issues as I come to them, so I'm yet to tangle with the kinds of things for which researchers are wont to rely on librarians -- like long-term preservation, or usability. I read a few library blogs (and just added this one), though, so I'll get there.

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