BioMed Central Open Data Award presented to UEF researcher

A team of researchers involving Dr Tommi Nyman of the UEF and colleagues in Finland, the USA and Belgium were presented with the BioMed Central Open Data Award for their article How common is ecological speciation in plant-feeding insects? A ‘Higher’ Nematinae perspective published in BMC Evolutionary Biology in 2010.

The Research Awards of BioMed Central recognise excellence in research that has been made universally accessible by open access publication. The awards give acknowledgement to researchers who have published in BioMed Central’s journals and have demonstrated leadership in the sharing, standardisation, publication, or re-use of biomedical research data. The winners of the 5th Annual BioMed Central Research Awards were announced in London on Thursday, 5 May 2011.

The judging panel in the field of biology included Sir Tim Hunt, a 'Principal Scientist' at Cancer Research UK; Professor Laurence Hurst, a Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Bath; and Dr Michaela Torkar, who has overall editorial responsibility for BioMed Central's publishing activity, including editorial oversight of the BMC-series journals.

“Receiving this year’s Open Data Award was definitely a pleasant surprise to our research team. In this respect, we wish to thank especially the anonymous reviewer of the article, who demanded – twice – that we publish also the raw data behind the analyses. Overall, we completely agree with the reviewer’s point that making background data publicly available is highly beneficial for science on the long run: it brings rigour to data collection and storage and, more importantly, facilitates further data analyses when methods improve in the future,” Dr Nyman said.

For further information, please contact Dr Tommi Nyman, email:

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