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New NAS Report: Designing the Microbial Research Commons

The National Academies of Science Board on Research Data and Information project has released a new report: Designing the Microbial Research Commons: Proceedings of an International Workshop.  The report is a compilation of the edited presentations from a meeting by the same name.  According to the project team, “although it uses microbiology as a focal point, it is analogous to the situation in many other life sciences and scientific disciplines, looking at new intellectual property, institutional, and governance mechanisms for broadening access and reuse of publicly-funded materials, data, and info.”

Download a free electronic copy of the report or order print copies at  Additional information about the background of this project may be found on the Board’s website at

New NAS Report: Designing the Microbial Research Commons
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