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The need to make scientific data publicly available: concerns and possible solutions
Froese, R.; Lloris, D.; Opitz, S. (2004). The need to make scientific data publicly available: concerns and possible solutions, in: Palomares, M.L. et al. (Ed.) (2004). Fish biodiversity: Local studies as basis for global inferences. ACP-EU Fisheries Research Report, 14: pp. 267-271
In: Palomares, M.L. et al. (Ed.) (2004). Fish biodiversity: Local studies as basis for global inferences. ACP-EU Fisheries Research Report, 14. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities: Luxembourg. 283 pp., more
In: ACP-EU Fisheries Research Report. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities: Luxembourg. ISSN 1025-3971, more

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Document type: Conference paper

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    Marine

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  • Froese, R., more
  • Lloris, D.
  • Opitz, S.

Abstract
    The paper argues the necessity to render scientific data available in the public domain in order to prevent loss of knowledge associated with institutional discontinuities and poor archiving and conversely to support higher level analyses of biodiversity and ecosystems, often beyond the original scope of data collection. The concerns of data custodians are discussed, e.g. loss of competitiveness, publication by others, copyright and public acceptability of interpretations. Among the solutions suggested to address these are e.g. delayed public access, aggregation of data; proper use agreement and read-only access. It concludes that such public access policy should be in place for all scientific data collected with public funding.

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