On petermr's blog, he comments on a recent blog post calling for the creating of a "Wikipedia for data." While he thinks it's great that the mainstream is realizing the importance of open data, "it will take a more decentralized and componentized form than simply a 'wikipedia' for data." He says the main issues are discoverability of datasets, developing, and componentizing data.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has released the results of a genetic ancestry analysis, the Boston Globe reports.

Retraction Watch's Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus report that Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital have recommended that more than 30 papers from a former researcher be retracted.

Thomas Steitz, who won the 2009 chemistry Nobel Prize for his ribosome work, has died, the Washington Post reports.

In PLOS this week: mechanisms for genes implicated in coronary artery disease, rumen microbes and host genetics influence cow methane production, and more.