Barriers in the Flow of Numerical Data from Primary to Secondary to Tertiary Literature. A Case History
The Solubility Data Project, an IUPAC venture, is concerned with preparing a comprehensive critical compilation of numerical solubility data in all physical systems. The work involves reprocessing and consolidation services, comprising compact compilation, rationalization and simplification, critical evaluation and selection of recommended experimental numerical data. The mechanism of the scientific work and the final output of the project both involve a number of innovations, demonstrated on a few typical cases, of which the most important is that career scientists, actively engaged in generating new experimental data, are the backbone of the project. The intellectual judgement involved, however, is only as good as the primary information available. This is exemplified by analyzing in detail a case-system of compilation, interpretation, synthesis and critical evaluation, carried out by subject specialists.
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