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Saturday, January 05, 2008

Intro to open data

Peter Murray-Rust, Open Data In Science, a preprint forthcoming from Serials Review.  Self-archived January 5, 2008.

Abstract:   Open Data (OD) is an emerging term in the process of defining how scientific data may be published and re-used without price or permission barriers. Scientists generally see published data as belonging to the scientific community, but many publishers claim copyright over data and will not allow its re-use without permission. This is a major impediment to the progress of scholarship in the digital age. This article reviews the need for Open Data, shows examples of why Open Data are valuable and summarises some early initiatives in formalising the right of access to and re-use of scientific data.

Also see Peter's blog post about this article.