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Bare Bones Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore

Over at Science in the Open, Cameron Neylon blogs about institutional repositories — data warehouses meant to archive scientific research — and why he and his colleagues can't be bothered to use them. Neylon says he prefers web 2.0 interfaces like FlickR and SlideShare, which is a good example of what a repository can be, he says. A repository's purpose is to make research available on the web, not to serve as a static archive with little functionality. Data type-specific repositories work, he says, because, "in each case the specialisation enables a sort of implicit metadata and for the site to concentrate on providing functionality that adds value to that particular data type. Science repositories could win by doing the same."

The Scan

Not Immediately Told

The US National Institutes of Health tells lawmakers that one of its grantees did not immediately report that it had developed a more infectious coronavirus, Science says.

Seems Effective in Kids

The Associated Press reports that the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine for children appears to be highly effective at preventing symptomatic disease.

Intelligence Warning on Bioeconomy Threats

US intelligence warns over China's focus on technologies and data related to the bioeconomy, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Campylobacteriosis Sources, Inherited Retinal Dystrophies, Liver Cancer Prognosis

In PLOS this week: approach to uncover source of Campylobacteriosis, genetic risk factors for inherited retinal dystrophies, and more.