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Why Science Doesn't Share Data

Michael Nielson writes that if networked science is to reach its potential, scientists will have to embrace and reward the open sharing of all forms of scientific knowledge, not just traditional publication of journals.

Despite the value of open data, most labs make no systematic effort to share data with other scientists. As one biologist told me, he had been “sitting on [the] genome” for an entire species of life for more than a year. A whole species of life! Just imagine the vital discoveries that other scientists could have made if that genome had been uploaded to an online database.

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