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A Lesson in Sharing

David Carlson in Nature.

Earth scientists need better incentives, rewards and mechanisms to achieve free and open data exchange, says David Carlson.
When the polar-research community planned the International Polar Year (IPY) of 2007–08, it embraced a revolutionary goal: to establish free, open and ready access to all data. After decades of reports with 'data' and combinations of 'integrated', 'interoperable' and 'distributed' in their titles, the IPY presented an ideal test case — interdisciplinary but limited in duration and regional in focus. Yet the community found inadequate services, almost no international support and few solutions.
Full text: DOI 10.1038/469293a