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Then simply make it a requirement for every institution to set up a public fileserver with some standard file structure and upload all new source code and data that a reviewer would need to be able to see in order to review a paper. Old data that is "known in the community" wouldn't need to be put there.

Then arrange a permissions structure so that it is initially released only to reviewers, and released to everybody upon publication.

That would only take care of things going forward, but once the structure is established it might be possible to secure outside funding for porting "back issues."

The record will, of course, be incomplete - some data will have been lost, some code will have been modified beyond retrieval. But it's a step in the right direction.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Sun Nov 22nd, 2009 at 11:31:02 AM EST
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