"Data is what scientists use to establish their reputation," says Thomas A. Finholt, a research professor and associate dean for research and innovation at University of Michigan. "There is no incentive for opening up access."
[EDITOR: Medsphere begs to differ. Click here to access our comments on healthcare collaboration and community (and register your own), and the full article, which discusses the revolutionary idea of building an open-source collaborative effort in healthcare. Marcusis reports on the new Sage Commons, "a place where data and disease models can be shared in the hopes of deepening scientists' understanding of disease biology. To succeed, its founders acknowledge, will require not just data, but a huge cultural shift."
Check out Medsphere's own open-source community here. Contributors to the Medsphere-sponsored Healthcare Open Source Ecosystem have already made that cultural shift.]