The following article was published in the 8th of March 2014 edition of the Lancet (Vol. 383, No. 9920, pp. 847). Written by Richard Horton et al., it is a manifesto calling for a move from ‘public health’ in the strict sense to ‘planetary health’.
We believe that any global activity responding to this manifesto must have a strong data component, coordinated with data concerned with climate, natural hazards, and so on. In this regard, it aligns with the objectives of the Future Earth programme, in which ICSU-WDS will play a prominent role in facilitating access to quality data.
This article appeared in a recent special edition of Euroscience focussing on 'Why sharing matters'. In it, Ijad Madisch explains about the importance of scientists sharing data, and the setting up of ResearchGate as a way to help scientists embrace the World Wide Web.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced, at its recent Annual Meeting, the launch of a new open-access journal in 2015 in collaboration with Science. Science Advances will be a digital-only publication open to the public; offering unlimited access for people interested in pioneering research across the sciences. You can find further news on Science Advances in the following article (detailed information will be released over the coming year).