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Open access, open data, open science…what does “openness” mean in the first place?

Recently, the research community has been flooded with encouragement to make things “open,” meaning: freely and easily accessible, in a variety of ways, and to a great variety of audiences.  This impetus to be open has taken the form of debates over “Open Source” software licensing, “Open Access” to the published results of research[i], …

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Making up “persons” in personalized medicine with metabolomics

Imagine a world where you can walk into a hospital, submit a urine and blood sample, and be told 20 minutes later that you not only have a particular type of ear infection, but also a 50% chance of developing diabetes in the next ten years.  Such is the promise of “personalized medicine,” in which the development of molecular diagnostics …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup October 2012

Today I am testing the waters of the web roundups here at Somatosphere. Feel free to give feedback!

This month’s theme is data, inspired by many tweets I received on ENCODE and big data.

I was intrigued to hear that the American Anthropological Association has started an anthropological data wiki. The collection of datasets already seems pretty impressive, but …