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Data curation: Act to staunch loss of research data


By bellsl - Posted on 22 April 2015

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v520/n7548/full/520436c.html?WT.ec_...

Andrew Gonzalez & Pedro R. Peres-Neto

Never before have scientists had the ability to generate and collect so much data — recent estimates suggest that the global scientific output is doubling roughly every decade (see L. Bornmann and R. Mutz, preprint at http://arxiv.org/abs/1402.4578v3; 2014, and go.nature.com/nzejwh). It is alarming, therefore, that the odds of data being lost are estimated to increase by 17% in every year after publication (T. H. Vines et al. Curr. Biol. 24, 94–97; 2014). And this does not include the 80% or so of research data that are inaccessible or unpublished (B. P. Heidorn Libr. Trends 57, 280–299; 2008).

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