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Interested in Open Data?

There's a recent article in Nature called "An Open Mind on Open Data" which outlines various positions on sharing research data (see and it occurred to me that we in the Science & Engineering Library, or the UMass Amherst Libraries in general, could provide a forum for discussion among UMass Amherst researchers for topics like this. We are interested in "scholarly communication" and tend to pay attention to overarching issues, where faculty and students might be more focused on the particulars of their research projects. Open Data is a movement which has the potential for accelerating the pace of scientific discovery, but there are thorny problems and barriers - these are described in the article, so I won't reiterate them. If you find this intriguing, or have been musing on similar ideas, come talk to us! Maybe we can work together to get the conversation going on campus.