Indian Scientists Question Government Grip on Data

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Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 659
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.659

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NEW DELHI-- In an era when information is power, Indian scientists are complaining bitterly that the government's tightfisted control of scientific data has turned them into 98-pound weaklings. On 14 to 15 July, a panel of the Indian Academy of Sciences in Bangalore held a first-ever meeting of its kind to explore how to open up a trove of data now shielded from scientific eyes. Its Panel on Scientific Data of Public Interest is also exploring ways to improve the quality and archiving of meteorological, geographic, oceanographic, health, and agricultural data. But its first and greatest concern is simple access.