The scientific journals which publish these papers should be obligated to archive all the supporting data in perpetuity.
We should name and shame those journals that published scientific literature, but failed to archive the data.
Oh, and version control the data too, if you're going to be post-hoc adjusting it.
From the people that know how to save and care for things of importance, comes this essay from The Smithsonian: One of the foundations of the scientific method is the reproducibility of results. In…