Did you know people like you and me fund a lot of research through our taxes? Turns out today is Open Data Day, will you join me in asking that publicly funded research should be available to people like us who pay for it?
Please join in the effort to make public the information developed through the use of taxpayer funded (your money and mine) research and development.
Billions of dollars of our money is spent yearly in research and development that is very difficult for you and me to see and use to benefit us and our families. Also, we must be entitled access to all information generated using public funds.
Accurate archives must be maintained, accurately cataloged, so that all data is available at all times. Information from research conducted years ago could result in beneficial developments today. But, it can’t happen if everyone does not have access to this information for their own use as they may choose to use it. Today, much of this information is only available to a special few who make money selling us information we have already paid for.
Scientific advancements are being made in all fields at a much faster rate than ever before. One of the fields showing huge advancements is cancer research. New ways to treat it are being proven increasingly more frequently all the time. Chemotherapy is not the only option for cancer treatment any longer. Research in immunology is leading to medications that unlock cancer cells and allow the body’s own immune system to attack the cancer. Studying the human genome can now help predict if a patient will benefit from a particular treatment of not. DNA studies are part of that.
If you or a member of your family is unfortunate enough to contract a cancer you want to have as much information as possible available to you to insure that person is getting the best and most recent treatment available, right? You cannot trust doctors to use the newest methods and processes to treat you. You have to know what they are and choose your cancer team very carefully. Do not skip opportunities to get a second opinion. You could be well prepared to evaluate that second opinion if you had access to research data and the progress on cancer treatment trials up to the minute.
Please join in this effort by Mozilla to open up information, paid for with public funds, to everyone. The benefits will be substantial. You could help save the life of a family member using this kind of information, for no additional costs.
Please share this effort with everyone and help make the research we helped pay for available to us all.
Joseph D. Hollinger
God Bless America!