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The Open, Public, Electronic, and Necessary (OPEN) Government Data Act went into effect last month in an effort to open access to all publicly (e.g., NIH) funded data. In true US government fashion, the law contains an acronym within an acronym, calling for all such data to be FAIR: findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. This means medical journals will provide disclaimers on how the raw data associated with a publication can be found and accessed, and it must be made available in a standard (i.e., interoperable) format that can be seamlessly combined with other datasets. And it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that the journal taking a lead on ushering authors through these new requirements is an open access one. TBL: The government is stepping in to take action against information being siloed from a public who paid for it. | Braverman, Adv Radiat Oncol 2019


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