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A giant leap for data access?


The Biden administration’s plan to drop the paywall on federally-funded research carries enormous implications for digital health and AI research, promising to expand access to data and improve the reproducibility of scientific findings. But the extent of those improvements depends on the data infrastructure developed in response to the federal order. Will data generated by studies be machine-readable, so that they can be more quickly accessed and put to use? Will methods used to analyze the data be fully disclosed and computable? And of course, how will fees associated with data access be structured? In short, the order has the potential to dramatically improve access to taxpayer funded research — and finally make more research reproducible — but the devil is in the details of data access.

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