In 1993-1994, when the Web (synonymous in most minds now with the Internet) was still young, the pace of progress was so rapid that some wag worked out that one “web-year” was like a dog-year, worth about 7 years of normal human time. So in this respect, 1994 is now some 133 web-years ago. Long enough for an archaeological excavation.
And so it was that I came across two Web-pages that have suddenly acquired a topical significance:
Their topicality in part arises from e.g. http://www.rsc.org/AboutUs/News/PressReleases/2013/RSC-announces-chemical-sciences-repository.asp where the RSC seeks community support to help curate the data we as scientists produce.
Some of my recent posts (this one on dual-publisher models and this one on publishing procedures) also pertain to this and Peter Murray-Rust is constantly blogging on the topic (see this for the latest).
Perhaps 2013 will indeed be the year of data!
- D. James, B.J. Whitaker, C. Hildyard, H.S. Rzepa, O. Casher, J.M. Goodman, D. Riddick, and P. Murray‐Rust, "The case for content integrity in electronic chemistry journals: The CLIC project", New Review of Information Networking, vol. 1, pp. 61-69, 1995. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13614579509516846