Barend Mons

FORCE11 Member since January 24, 2012
  • Organization/Institution: DTL, LUMC, eScience center, CWA, ELIXIR, FAIRPORT


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Biologist-turned bioinformatician-turned eScience technologist. Now away from textmining to knowlegde representation open data sharing and back to sharing information more effectively across national languages, borders and especially with information deprived countries.

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I stand for open data sharing and data publishing wherever possible and will fight for that till the end of my days, but I also respect datapublishing in closed repositories for good reasons such as privacy or competitive reasons. If data have been generated with public funds, only privacy can be a good reason to keep these data from public use. In such cases, all efforts need to be made to make aggregated information available for research purposes. Example: x% of sequences people in the GoNL project have this SNP and this Phenotype. Obviously, I believe that nanopublication of such information is a very important instrument. We should also not forget that in many countries, private investments in research are tax exempt so the public effectively pays for such research as well. I therefore believe that companies should also publish all but their most competitive data. They may help to save lives. for furthere readings on my convictions:

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