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The cycle of research begins with identification of an idea, design of the study to answer the scientific question that is posed, conducting and analyzing the findings, and publishing the results. Figure 1 shows the position of the open source, open data, and open access components of the open science concept superimposed on the cycle of research. One can readily advocate, in principle, for open data to provide doctors and their patients all the data needed for optimum decision-making.

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