The G8 leaders just met in the U.K. for their thirty-nineth summit. Surprisingly they signed the “Open Data Charter“, which covers the commitment of all G8 member states to publish government data from a variety of departments and the release “high value” science and research data on default.
This is just the beginning and there is, however, still much to be done. But scientists and researcher should welcome the charter. The member states signed to finish the implementation of the charter and technical annex by the end of 2015 at the latest. So it might be worth have a look at it and to combine activities regarding opening up “genome data, research and educational activity and experiment results” with pointing to the charter.