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From deadly E. coli to endangered polar bears: GigaScience provides first citable data
Date:7/6/2011

nal articles. Given that such publication is currently the only effective means for data producers to obtain credit for their work, this normally creates extensive delays in data availability due to the long writing, reviewing, and editing processes needed for article publication. This can seriously impede the speed at which scientific discoveries are made.

The importance of free and faster methods of data release was made particularly clear in the recent deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe. To aid the fight against the outbreak, BGI and their collaborators at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf rapidly sequenced the pathogen's genome and immediately released the data. In conjunction with publicizing the rapid release through Twitter, the entire scientific community began to "crowdsource" the data with little to no delay between data production and release. These data were also released without restrictions on its use, under a public domain license. This, in conjunction with having a DOI, marks the first time a genome has been released in this way. Additionally, the growing team of researchers utilizing and adding invaluable information to the pool of data have now confirmed they will also release their work in the same manner.

Speaking of the announcement, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Journal Publisher with BioMed Central said: "All the articles published by GigaScience will be freely available for readers and all the data open and reproducible for researchers. An online journal and integrated database enhances the functionality and reliability of the scientific literature and demonstrates real leadership in openness in science. BioMed Central believes open access should include, wherever possible, data as well as papers, and we're delighted to be working with BGI to make data a truly first-class citizen in publishing."


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