Paleonet: An Open Letter in Support of Digital Data Archiving

Jere Lipps jlipps at
Sat Mar 26 18:14:24 GMT 2011

Data archives are also pushed by NSF.  The big problem with data 
archives is the the continuing cost of maintenance and storage.  NSF 
encourages starting these but has yet to come through with long-term 
archival funding.   Maybe commercial journals can do this because they 
can add the cost to subscription prices but societies will eventually be 
stressed to do it at all.    AAAS (Brooks Hansen) did a study of this 
and found the future bleak.   It's a great idea, of course.

What are your ideas for long-term financing for archiving?


On 3/26/2011 12:00 PM, James Lamsdell wrote:
> Dear Paleonetters,
> You may be aware that recently some Evolution & Ecology journals have
> started archiving all their research data e.g. Fairbairn, D. J. 2011. 
> The advent of mandatory data archiving. Evolution 65:1-2. 
> This is all part of a recent push within the wider scientific research
> community to make data analysed in publications more widely available,
> easily accessible and reusable.
> I fully-support this initiative and encourage its adoption by as many
> journals as possible. In order to demonstrate support from *within* the
> palaeontological community for these changes I have co-authored an Open
> Letter of support here:
> I kindly ask you for 60 seconds of your time to read the short statement
> and sign your support (or lack thereof). If you have any comments,
> please post them via the above website.
> Many thanks in advance,
> James Lamsdell
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