Sharing of observations, results, theories and other forms of information is fundamental to the scientific process. Collaborations are organized and often formalized ways of promoting cooperation between scientists and the sharing of skills and resources.
A spirit of informal collaboration pervades many parts of the general scientific community. Working scientists are aware that they do not know everything and that sharing, cooperation and collaboration are part of the process by which individual scientists increase their personal knowledge and capacity to pursue their scientific goals. More
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