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Biologists merge methods, results from different disciplines to find new meaning in old data
Date:1/11/2010

ith job searches, promotion and tenure all of which are geared toward more traditional science.

The technological barriers also are daunting, but offer tantalizing potential, Sidlauskas said.

"When you're looking to synthesize data from several hundred individual studies, data formatting, storage, and accessibility become huge issues," he said. "There has been a growing movement by funding agencies and journals to permanently archive all raw data and materials in some kind of standardized format so they are not lost over time and can be used by researchers of the future."

"It's kind of an open-source approach to science," he added. "Data archives may require some kind of proprietary protection for a few months or years, but after a certain amount of time, they should become public domain. Only by saving the data that underlie today's science will we allow future scientists to use those data in ways that may far exceed what the original researchers envisioned."


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Contact: Brian Sidlauskas
brian.sidlauskas@oregonstate.edu
541-737-1939
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
Source:Eurekalert

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