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Geneticists throw hands in the air, change gene naming rules to finally stop Microsoft Excel eating their data

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Re: They are creating a database ...

Data sharing? CSV is a useful format for sharing data. Unfortunately, given Excel's behviour, the following scenario is probably: click on "download" link, file opens in Excel auto-corrupting date-like data, researcher saves file to disk using Excel's "save" function, imports into real database.

I did suggest that adding a machine-readable data format (JSON) would be helpful on the last project I worked on, but this wasn't taken up as it wasn't common for people to be able to process it.

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