A recent series of 10 articles published in Science highlights the problem of "data deluge," says The Chronicle of Higher Education's Josh Fischman. Scientists are "wasting" data and money because of the lack of data libraries and other resources needed to share as much of the information as possible, he adds. One issue is the diversity of data formats and the difficulty many researchers experience when trying to compare different data sets, Fischman says. Even different technologies — optical microscopes versus electron microscopes, for example — can make things difficult as they measure things differently. Some experts suggest that scientists "develop a common language for tagging their data," Fischman says. "All researchers have their own methods so a common language will require a culture shift," he adds, but the issue is becoming "urgent."
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Feb 12, 2011