After more than ten years, “Open Access” is finally a household name. However, access is only one of many functionalities that is badly broken in our scientific infrastructure. Our literature would lose little of its functionality if we carved it in stone, took pictures of it and out them online. Our data – if it is made accessible at all – all too often rests in financially insecure databases. And our scientific code is hardly available at all, with no institutional infrastructure to speak of. What can young researchers do about that? 1) Use a publishing strategy that does not risk your career but will make a difference. 2) Ask you seniors to arrange for infrastructure to take care of your data and your code – this should not be your responsibility.

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Authors: Brembs, Björn
Publication year: 2014
Language: English (EN)
Level of knowledge: Intermediate: able to
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