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The value of archived data

The rapid progress of atomic and nuclear physics in the twentieth century changed the way scientific results are documented, preserved and disseminated. Boris Pritychenko explains how atomic and nuclear data tables have become a central resource for the community.

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The author is indebted to Dr V. Unferth for a careful reading of the manuscript and valuable suggestions. Work at Brookhaven was funded by the Office of Nuclear Physics, Office of Science of the US Department of Energy, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886 with Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC.

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Pritychenko, B. The value of archived data. Nat Rev Phys 2, 224–225 (2020).

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