New Danish platform created to share scientific data free of charge

Researchers at Aarhus University, together with partners from the business sector, have set up an Open Science platform on which results and data are uploaded and made available free of charge to anyone interested.

The new platform has been established with 2.5 million kroner in funding from the Danish Industry Foundation, and the beauty is that nobody can patent the knowledge that has been uploaded. On the other hand, the research can be used to develop new products that can subsequently be patented. Niels Christian Nielsen, the dean of the science and technology department at Aarhus University, sees the platform as a strong response to several of the major challenges facing the research and business sectors – and thereby society. “The paradox seems to be that we don’t like investing in unorthodox or complex ideas because of the high risk that they won’t eventuate. However, society can’t afford to turn our universities into factories that are occupied with small and self-evident ideas.”

Copenhagen Post

15. 8. 2017