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Data provide the quantitative basis for testing and confirming theories and for translating new dcoveries into useful applications for the benefit of society.

They also are the foundation of sensible public policy in our democracy. The assembled record of scientific data and resulting information is both a history of events in the natural world and a record of human accomplishment.

From Hearing on the "Collections of Information Antipiracy Act"
Statement of Joshua Lederberg
President-emeritus Rockefeller University
on behalf of the
National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine and
American Association for the Advancement of Science before the
Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives 18 March 1999 

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