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Call for global accord on Open Science Data

Major science organisations call for global endorsement of Open Data accord.

Four major international science organisations have called at a meeting in South Africa for global endorsement of an accord to help assure open access to volumes of "big data" that increasingly are the basis of research and policymaking.

The four science organisations behind the "Open Data in a Big Data World" campaign are the International Council of Science (ICSU), the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).

Opening the data can help researchers to recognise subtle but powerful patterns in areas ranging across the sciences, from security to genetic research and human behaviour.

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