[open-science] open-science Digest, Vol 17, Issue 7

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz Iain.Hrynaszkiewicz at biomedcentral.com
Tue Mar 23 13:16:42 UTC 2010

Dear all,

Writing from a publisher that is keen to make data available, I'd like
to point out two sets of guidance relevant to some matters arising from
the pirate pad discussions on the Panton Principles.

Firstly, the issue of protecting privacy in human subject research. This
is a major barrier to the sharing of clinical information and I wonder
if it is being glossed over in the FAQ (13). Some practical guidance on
openly sharing clinical data was published in the BMJ earlier this year,
for example:

Secondly, applying PP prior to publication. At BioMed Central, for
example, we encourage openly sharing data before formal publication [in
a peer-reviewed journal] and encourage editors to not preclude open
projects from publication. 
So perhaps PP should be applied more uniformly, without the need to
clarify what 'publication' is.

Best regards,


Iain Hrynaszkiewicz
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We are talking to a variety of editors and publishers who are keen to
data "open available" and in many cases mandate it as part of the
process. It's clear that although PP are (I hope) fairly
the implications (licences, buttons, "public domain", community norms,
are unclear and need careful explanation. One way to do this is through
and we (Rufus, Cameron, Jonathan + me) are asking for the help of the
OpenScience list to provide useful communal answers. I'll post the FAQs
feel welcome to add to them but not TOO many - and ask you to create
answers. There is a pirate pad at:


Please use to edit, discuss, hack etc.

We will appreciate rapid feedback as we hope to promote this to
attendees at
the AmerChemicalSoc (ACS) next week.

Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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