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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Call for OA to publicly-funded research data in the EU

Philipa Mladovsky, Elias Mossialos, and Martin McKee, Improving access to research data in Europe, BMJ, February 9, 2008.  An editorial.  (Thanks to Napoleon Miradon.)  Only a small fragment is free online for non-subscribers, like me:  

The European Commission needs to promote access to the data whose collection it has financed.

The year 2007 marks the beginning of the European Commission’s seventh framework programme for research and technological development, its main vehicle for funding research over the next seven years. It is more ambitious than...the sixth framework programme...with a large increase in funding (63%)....Yet the seventh framework programme has done little to promote access to the data whose collection it will finance.

This lack of concrete policies on access to data in Europe contrasts with the proliferation of wider international initiatives over recent years. Such initiatives have been particularly successful in genomics and proteomics, and more recently in the field of chemistry, but they have also shown promise in health....