View Full Version : Re: Bionet controversial topic #6: on the obligation to shareuseful research data

Mark Thompson
04-09-2002, 08:10 PM
Dear List

I became involved in biomechanical engineering for a number of reasons, not
the least important of which was to apply my engineering skills to improve
the quality of peoples' lives. It seems to me obvious that research data
should be shared and access should be as wide as possible, as a means of
achieving that goal.

There are obviously many arguments about levels of access, methods for
determining quality of data etc which may be raised. One pertinent
observation might be the way in which easy access to large quantities of
data would reduce the perceived quality of that information.

Perhaps one idea, instead of the central "repository" of data which (I
feel) Marco is suggesting, might be to share data in a similar fashion to
the way that music files (mp3) are shared in peer-to-peer networks.

Maybe another dimension to the discussion ought to be the changes occurring
in the ways in which scientific information may be published. The
traditional subscription based publishers are being challenged by online
publishers such as BiomedCentral http://biomedcentral.com who make no
charge for access to full-text content but instead charge authors or the
institutions to which those authors belong. Should there be a BiomedCentral
Biomechanics journal?

best wishes


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Mark Thompson, PhD
Biomechanics Laboratory
Department of Orthopaedics
Lund University Hospital
S-22185 Lund

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