New web-based model for sharing research datasets could have huge benefits

A group of researchers have proposed creating a new web-based data network to help researchers and policymakers worldwide turn existing knowledge into real-world applications and technologies and improve science and innovation policy.
Researchers around the world have created datasets that, if interlinked with other datasets and made more broadly available could provide the needed foundation for policy and decision makers. But these datasets are spread across countries, scientific disciplines and data providers, and appear in a variety of inconsistent forms. Writing in the new issue of the journal Science, seven researchers propose a new data network that can help bring this knowledge together and make it available to all.

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