Friday, September 04, 2009

Google maps mashup of fMRI data sharing use

From my friend Alumit's pioneering data sharing experiment VanHorn&Ishai_2007.pdf (application/pdf Object) A Google Maps API ( plot of locations in the USA and Canada to which one or more complete fMRI study data sets from the fMRIDC archive were delivered. The online maps itself can be viewed at maps/async.html.

Rhyme and the Reason of Data Sharing

Rhyme and the Reason of Data Sharing: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS): "Why share? As exemplified in the 'success stories' of data sharing and reuse presented above, there are multiple compelling reasons to share data. These include the following: (1) Many datasets contain far more information than a single laboratory has the time and/or expertise to extract from them. (2) A single data set can often answer many more questions than those that motivated its initial collection. (3) Reuse is cost-effective, particularly for datasets that are expensive and labor-intensive to collect. (4) Sharing promotes collaboration among scientists who might not otherwise interact, and thus has the potential to generate particularly novel hypotheses."

Getting interested in science commons

A cool quote
the value of cultural openness was understood centuries ago by many of the founders of modern science; indeed, the journal system is perhaps the most open system for the transmission of knowledge that could be built with 17th-century media. The adoption of the journal system was achieved by subsidizing scientists who published their discoveries in journals. This same subsidy now inhibits the adoption of more effective technologies, because it continues to incentivize scientists to share their work in conventional journals and not in more modern media.
from Doing science in the open
Online networking tools are pervasive, but why have scientists been so slow to adopt many of them? Michael Nielsen explains how we can build a better culture of online collaboration