Danger warrants rescuing data



A plea as plaintive as that of Marcia Neugebauer should not go unheeded. The problem she cites presents potentially serious problems for science and deserves further thought and discussion. Linguists will tell us that the inevitable evolution of language results from modifications of meaning and usage in response to changing aspects of the human condition. Nevertheless, in the misappropriation of “data” there is enough at stake to warrant strong efforts to oppose the trend.