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Tuesday, December 20, 2016
As the Drive to Share Data Intensifies, Can Standards Keep Up?
The Chronicle of Higher Education Paul Basken
December 20, 2016
Patrick J. Curran struggles with the problem when studying alcoholism in families. Quynh C. Nguyen sees it when analyzing housing-voucher programs. And the Nobel laureate Harold E. Varmus encounters it while developing genomic databases for cancer patients. Their trouble isn’t with sharing their data — all three professors are eager participants in the open-data revolution. Instead, the problem is confidently sharing and interpreting data — huge amounts of it — with relevance and accuracy.