Open Access News highlights a recent blog post by John Wilbanks, announcing that Merck will establish a nonprofit called Sage to create an open-access database about the biology of disease, as well as software tools to use it. According to Wilbanks, who is on the founding board of directors for Sage, "It's not about making a quick data dump onto the web, however. Sage is going to take a while during an 'incubation period of three to five years...in which new project data are generated, critical tools for building and mining disease models are developed and governing rules for sharing, accessing, and contributing to the platform are established,'" he writes.
A Gift from Merck
Mar 03, 2009