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June 29, 2006

The time for sitting on flu data is over.

Filed under: avian influenza,Uncategorized — admin @ 9:12 pm

Nature has a short but strong editorial today on the problem issue of access to flu data, which I’ve already blogged about here and here. It follows up on our much longer March editorial on the issue — Dreams of Flu Data.

Here are a few excepts, from today’s:

June 20, 2006

PLoS financials

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:14 pm

For a change, something other than avian flu. I’ve an article in Nature this week on the finances of the Public Library of Science (PLoS]. I’ve been a longtime advocate of the principles of open access, and open data, but at the same time also keen on experiments to verify its feasibility across various sorts of publications; ie not simplistic “one solution fits all” models — see previous debate here. — This weeks article, published online here, which takes a hard look at PLos’s finances, will I hope contribute to the debate. Comments welcome.
Here’s some excerpts:


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