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New England vs Montreal: Data Sharing in 2016

Research parasites are all the rage these days.

This last week, two stories about data sharing caught my eyes. And even thought they have emerged from just about 350 miles apart, the attitudes involved could not be further from each other.

The first story that caught my eye was the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine summarising what they think about data sharing. They talk about it like self-assured conscientious capitalists describe their idea of communism:

“The aerial view of the concept of data sharing is beautiful. […] The moral imperative to honor their collective sacrifice is the trump card that takes this trick. However, many of us who have actually conducted clinical research […] have concerns about the details.”

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