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Integrating with integrity, according to Nature Genetics

Data worthy of integration with the results of other researchers need to be prepared to explicit export standards, linked to appropriate metadata and offered with field-specific caveats for use. The Editorial in the January edition of Nature Genetics ( 42, 1; 2010) explores the extent to which, to be useful at generating new analyses and hypotheses, data sharing needs to be about standardized formats as much as simply being made ‘available’. For example, the Editorial states, “Sample sizes, selection criteria, statistical significance, number of hypotheses tested, normalization and scaling procedures, read depth and sequence quality scores are all important considerations 

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