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As you may have heard, Google is building a search engine for datasets. This will mean yet another proprietary index on top of our own data that nobody can reuse – and another inferior list-based interface that will be pushed onto scientists by Google’s sheer market dominance.

At the same time, there is no funding for a community-driven open source alternative. We should not leave the field to Google, or science will be poorer for it! We finally need to invest in a true open science contender for research data discovery.

This would bring meaningful competition to this space and drive innovation.

This is why I have launched the #DontLeaveItToGoogle campaign. I encourage you to add your own voice to the discussion using this hashtag. It’s time to change the way we discover research – not perpetuate the same proprietary model time and time again!

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