Den digitale utviklingen fører til at også data må organiseres slik at de kan gjenfinnes og gjenbrukes. I USA sier National Science Board:
It is exceedingly rare that fundamentally new approaches to research and education arise. Information technology has ushered in such a fundamental change.
Digital data collections are at the heart of this change. They enable analysis at unprecedented levels of accuracy and sophistication and provide novel insights through innovative information integration.
Det internasjonale vitenskapsrådet – International Council for Science – sier det samme.
Because of the critical importance of data and information in the global scientific enterprise, the international research community must address a series of new challenges if it is to take full advantage of the data and information resources available for research today.
Equally, if not more important than its own data and information needs, today’s research community must also assume responsibility for building a robust data and information infrastructure for the future.