Research Data in the Digital Age

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Science  24 Jul 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5939, pp. 368
DOI: 10.1126/science.1178927

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This week, the U.S. National Academies released an overview report* on the challenges of maintaining the integrity of scientific research data in an age of revolutionary digital technologies. The report, Ensuring the Integrity, Accessibility, and Stewardship of Research Data in the Digital Age, provides a framework for dealing with the challenges to the community generated by the onrush of digital technology. As chairs of the report committee, we hope that it moves the research community forward, collectively, to consider the integrity of data in ways that best support the advancement of scientific, engineering, and medical knowledge, as well as the maintenance of public trust.