An FOI (freedom of information) request for data from the PACE trial was deemed "vexatious"
by QMUL (Queen Mary University London) and refused access.
Appealing the decision at the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office) a judgement was made ico.org.uk/media/action-wev... ordering release of the requested data.
QMUL are appealing the decision (23rd November) gov.uk/government/uploads/s... a date will be set shortly when the case will be heard by HM Corts and Tribunal Service.
In a separate case professor James Coyne requested data from a 2012 paper in PLOS ONE journals.plos.org/plosone/a... as part of the agreement that the paper was published in the journal was access to relevant data. This request was refused linkis.com/com/xdxYg although it was not an FOI request it was treated as such by the university holding the data.
PLOS ONE now have a decision on upholding their own policy
plosone.org/annotation/list... with a scientific community watching on this decision will have an impact beyond those interested in PACE trial data.