Special Online Collection and Reader Poll: Data Use and Access

Data Use and Access

Science Magazine, February 11, 2011

In the 11 February 2011 issue, Science joins with colleagues from Science Signaling, Science Translational Medicine, and Science Careers to provide a broad look at the issues surrounding the increasingly huge influx of research data. This collection of articles highlights both the challenges posed by the data deluge and the opportunities that can be realized if we can better organize and access the data. Science is making access to this entire collection FREE (simple registration is required for non-subscribers).

For collection of articles on data use and access, click on Special Online Collection: Dealing with Data.

To delve deeper into these issues, we polled our peer reviewers from last year and learned that lack of standardization, lack of metadata, and privacy concerns are among the major obstacles. How can we best overcome these challenges or others specific to your field? What role(s) should funding agencies, journals, individual scientists, and society play in the development and maintenance of data archives?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and in our poll about data use and availability.


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