Fort Lauderdale Agreement

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The Fort Lauderdale Agreement was a public declaration of scientists and professionals in biomedicine supporting the free and unrestricted use of genome sequencing data by the scientific community before that data is used for publication. The Agreement was the main outcome of a meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, organized by the Wellcome Trust in 2003 and involved about 40 individuals.[1] The Agreement's main outcome was for a shared system of responsibility among funding agencies, resource producers, and resource users to maintain and expand a community resource of genomic data.[2] The tenets of the Fort Lauderdale Agreement were adopted by the relevant funding agencies, including the National Institute of Health.[3]

Along with the Bermuda Principles, the Agreement is considered to be a founding document of open-access publishing in biomedicine,[4] and is argued to have influenced subsequent agreements for data sharing and open access models.[5]

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  1. ^ "Sharing Data from Large-scale Biological Research Projects: A System of Tripartite Responsibility" (PDF). Wellcome Trust. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  2. ^ Kaye, Jane; Heeney, Catherine; Hawkins, Naomi; de Vries, Jantina; Boddington, Paula (May 2009). "Data sharing in genomics — re-shaping scientific practice". Nature Reviews Genetics. 10 (5): 331–335. doi:10.1038/nrg2573. PMC 2672783. PMID 19308065.
  3. ^ Committee on Metagenomics: Challenges and Functional Applications, Board on Life Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies (2007). New science of metagenomics : revealing the secrets of our microbial planet. Washington, DC: National Academies Press. ISBN 978-0309106764.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Parker, Michael (2013). "The ethics of open access publishing". BMC Medical Ethics. 14 (1): 16. doi:10.1186/1472-6939-14-16. PMC 3614527. PMID 23521857.
  5. ^ Kaye, Jane; Gibbons, Susan M.C.; Heeney, Catherine; Parker, Michael; Smart, Andrew (2012). Governing biobanks understanding the interplay between law and practice. Oxford [England]: Hart Pub. p. 297. ISBN 978-1847318831.