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for archiving and dissemination. Data archiving is a very critical issue in developing countries, especially in China. Another challenge is how to link the data communities with research communities, which should be discussed within the data community.


China needs at least five years to complete this planned transformation. From our experience thus far we have learned that there is an opportunity for industry and developing countries in open access to scientific data. It is important to share experiences to try to understand and learn from each other. For example, the United States has a policy of full and open access to government-funded data and information. Other models that should be studied are employed in Europe. We should talk about these issues, and international organizations should assist in providing these opportunities. Keeping the communication channels open is very important.

China should seriously consider how to make this transformation a success. Scientists, of course, play a very important role because the transformation is related to new technology and knowledge. The government plays a critical role in the transformation as well. Scientists and government officials should work together. The upcoming World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva provides a good venue for such cooperation.

We also should link the data community with the research community, as previously stated. CODATA and the ICSU data community should work with the research communities.

Finally, it is important to pay attention to training and recognize the role of young scientists in the new data and information technology transformation.

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