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Code of conduct is needed for publishing raw data

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7305.166 (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:166
  1. Gunther Eysenbach (ey@yi.com), editor, Journal of Medical Internet Research,
  2. Eun-Ryoung Sa, fellow
  1. Research Unit for Cybermedicine and eHealth, Department of Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg, D-69115 Heidelberg, Germany
  2. Global Health Net-Supercourse Group, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

    EDITOR—Hutchon in his article showed the benefits of publishing raw data on line.1 The method of opening up raw data for research has strong parallels to the “open source” movement of the software industry, where developers freely distribute the source code and allow usage and modification.2 The open source community has learnt that this rapid evolutionary process produces better software than the traditional closed model, in which only a very few programmers can see source, and everybody else must …

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