On August 12th an article written by GINA KOLATA and titled that “Rare Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer’s” was published online in the New York Times.
The key to the Alzheimer’s project was an agreement to make the data open. Basically, no one owns the data and no one can submit patent applications. While many scientists were initially skeptical, today, the article reports, that companies as well as academic researchers are using the data. There have been more than 3,200 downloads of the entire massive data set and almost a million downloads of the data sets containing images from brain scans.
Read the article here