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August 24, 2006

Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data

Filed under: avian influenza,Open data — admin @ 1:45 pm

In a Correspondence published online today by Nature, 70 top flu scientists and health officials, including six Nobel laureates, back a plan to end secrecy over avian flu data. The published letter is available on free access here, and the signatories here.

An accompanying news article — Bird flu data liberated — describes this Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), which is intended to encourage scientists and nations to share data rapidly with other scientists worldwide.

I’ve compiled some links to recent related events and Nature coverage here.

I will post related media and blog articles to the Connotea social bookmarking service under the GISAID tag

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