By: Angela Garrity
BioSpectrum reports that Philip Morris International (PMI) has created an online community platform for scientific data known as INTERVALS. The program allows for data sharing, software, and scientific protocols from both academia and industry scientists in an effort to address the current scientific reproducibility crisis and gather in a single place scientific data relating to modified risk tobacco products (MRTPs), also known as Reduced-Risk Products (RRPs).
INTERVALS obeys FAIR Guiding Principles for data sharing, i.e., data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. Scientists are encouraged to add their own independent research to INTERVALS, thereby contributing to transparency in the field and increasing the visibility of their work.
INTERVALS also incorporates direct links to a number of powerful computational tools and resources, which are free for contributors to use for their own research purposes, in hopes to become an international resource for scientists who share a common interest in tobacco harm reduction.
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