Academia Wins a Round on Raw Data

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Science  08 Aug 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5327, pp. 758
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5327.758a

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A House subcommittee last week debated a proposal that would have required most researchers with government grants or contracts to make public their raw data. The lawmakers voted down the amendment in part because of a frantic last-minute lobbying effort by universities and the Clinton Administration. They warned that it would impede the patenting of new discoveries and drive up administrative costs. But observers in the research community say they believe the proposal, which was backed by some heavyweight lobbying groups, may surface in Congress again.