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New Web-Based Model For Sharing Research Datasets Could Have Huge Benefits

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Bruce Weinberg

Ohio State University economics professor Bruce Weinberg

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Ohio State University researchers recently proposed creating a Web-based data network to help researchers and policymakers use existing knowledge to develop real-world applications and technologies to improve science and innovation policy.

"Such a network could help scientists, policymakers, and business people take the knowledge that is now locked in scientific publications and create new technologies and applications," says Ohio State professor Bruce Weinberg.

The model would be designed to make data more accessible, according to Ohio State researcher Laurel Haak. One key to making the proposed project work is to have a unified set of standards between databases and platforms. Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration Information executive director David Baker says the new data infrastructure must only be a "thin layer" on top of the database structures that currently exist. "We need to have participation from researchers in all fields, whether they work in multinational corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, or universities," says Social Science Research Network CEO Gregg Gordon.

Users would use the public data for free, and pay for access to private areas and tools.

From Ohio State University Research News 
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