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Neuroscience data and tool sharing: a legal and policy framework for neuroinformatics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15046238     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The requirements for neuroinformatics to make a significant impact on neuroscience are not simply technical--the hardware, software, and protocols for collaborative research--they also include the legal and policy frameworks within which projects operate. This is not least because the creation of large collaborative scientific databases amplifies the complicated interactions between proprietary, for-profit R&D and public "open science." In this paper, we draw on experiences from the field of genomics to examine some of the likely consequences of these interactions in neuroscience. Facilitating the widespread sharing of data and tools for neuroscientific research will accelerate the development of neuroinformatics. We propose approaches to overcome the cultural and legal barriers that have slowed these developments to date. We also draw on legal strategies employed by the Free Software community, in suggesting frameworks neuroinformatics might adopt to reinforce the role of public-science databases, and propose a mechanism for identifying and allowing "open science" uses for data whilst still permitting flexible licensing for secondary commercial research.
Peter Eckersley; Gary F Egan; Shun-ichi Amari; Francesco Beltrame; Rob Bennett; Jan G Bjaalie; Turgay Dalkara; Erik De Schutter; Carmen Gonzalez; Sten Grillner; Andreas Herz; K Peter Hoffmann; Iiro P Jaaskelainen; Stephen H Koslow; Soo-Young Lee; Line Matthiessen; Perry L Miller; Fernando Mira da Silva; Mirko Novak; Viji Ravindranath; Raphael Ritz; Ulla Ruotsalainen; Shankar Subramaniam; Arthur W Toga; Shiro Usui; Jaap van Pelt; Paul Verschure; David Willshaw; Andrzej Wrobel; Yiyuan Tang;
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Consensus Development Conference; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroinformatics     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1539-2791     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuroinformatics     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-03-29     Completed Date:  2004-04-19     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101142069     Medline TA:  Neuroinformatics     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  149-65     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering, Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, The University of Melbourne.
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MeSH Terms
Computational Biology / legislation & jurisprudence*,  organization & administration*
Databases, Factual / legislation & jurisprudence*
Neurosciences / trends*
Policy Making*

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