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Monday, October 29, 2001

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"The article appears in the Policy Forum section of Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "Europe's Database Experiment" focuses on a 1996 EC decision to extend protection to ordinary facts such as telephone numbers, web addresses and weather data.European leaders have threatened to restrict the flow of information from Europe unless similar measures are passed in the U.S. Last March, U.S. congressional leaders pledged to pass a database protection bill in 2001.

"An environment in the scientific community of open access and free exploration is critical for advancing knowledge," says Onsrud, who chairs the U.S. national committee of CODATA, a group interested in the sharing of scientific and technical information worldwide among scientists. "We openly publish our research results. We seek peer review, invite others to critique our work, extract data from our work, retest hypotheses and challenge each other so that knowledge progresses. If you now need permission to take data from an electronic journal article before you can use it in a critique or extend from it, that has substantial potential for impeding the advancement of science.""

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Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.


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