Data, eternal

“Data, particularly those collected with public funding, should be used so that they do the most good. When the greatest number of creative and insightful minds can find, access, and understand the essential features that led to the collection of a data set, the data reach their highest potential.”

via Data, eternal.

At first, I was worried that this editorial was giving data a status usurping the experimental design and its service to the hypotheses motivating the experiment. Then I read the most important part: find, access, and understand the essential features that led to the collection of a data set. That is key to making data eternal and elucidatory.

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