The Payment Question

The scientific community is churning out massive amounts of data and, increasingly, that data is being made publicly available. The director of the US Office of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren, for example, called in February for federal agencies to come up with a plan to publicly share research results and data from studies funded by the government.

But, as Francine Berman from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Google's Vint Cerf ask in Science: Who is going to pay for it?

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