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The Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Tuesday that it is speeding up its scientific data-sharing project. The plan is to reduce the amount of money wasted when research is unnecessarily repeated.

Inefficient data sharing is creating a bottleneck for innovation, said the minister of science and technology, Cheng Jinpei, during an international workshop on open access to scientific data. Currently, most Chinese data is not digitised and open access is limited.

The data-sharing project, which was launched in 2002, involves the creation of a portal website, 40 scientific data centres and some 300 databases.

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