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Don't Hog the Data

The UK Royal Society says that for science to work, it has to be as open as possible, reports Richard Van Noorden at the Nature News blog. In a new report, the society says that researchers who hog their data are presenting a "serious impediment" to scientific process, adding that "science is an open enterprise." Furthermore, the report adds, it's not enough for researchers to allow access to their data.

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