B – Science as a public enterprise

Boulton G, Rawlins M, Vallance P et al. Science as a public enterprise: the case for open data. The Lancet 2011;337(9778):1663-1635
(doi: 10.1016/S0140-6376(11)60647-8)

Despite the spectacular advances of science, nowadays there is criticism about the accessibility of data on which scientists base their conclusions and on which policy or regulatory decisions are made. The UK’s Royal Society has established a working group to study the use of scientific information as it affects scientists and society, to explore the problematic questions arising from a regime of open access to scientific data, and which recommendations should be addressed.