Digital Data Refuges

A large part of my job is making scientific data publicly available. Not too long ago, I was a federally employed scientist. I’m now a state scientist. My science is the same no matter where the funding comes from. Data that I produce belongs you. It belongs to all of us. Scientific data is public information.

The following email arrived in my inbox today.

 

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Scientists are now forced to create digital data refuges?!?! What is going on?

While I’m glad that there are people creating these refuges, I more overly disturbed that they are needed.

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