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The Pistoia Alliance held an interactive workshop in Hannover, Germany, to describe the evolving "information ecosystem" in biomedical and pharmaceutical research and determine strategies for collaboratively shaping this ecosystem to maximum advantage. About 40 participants representing the pharmaceutical industry, software and systems vendor community, information technology industry, commercial content providers, and academia attended the workshop. Attendees praised the engaged discussion. "Ultimately, it depends on the follow through from here," said one attendee.
The workshop had two goals:
The morning session covered the first goal. It included
The afternoon session elucidated how the goals identified during the morning session could be reached. Breakout sessions were organized around the following topics:
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