The video and the alternate universe was great – http://ori.hhs.gov/thelab.
It was very well done, even though I am not sure how much it actually prevents people from falsifying data.
I question the value of research data in general. I don’t think too many researchers actually falsify data on purpose and most of those who do are never caught. Only a few make it into the news (like Hwang Woo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hwang_Woo-suk).
But I think that there is a huge quantify of data that is wrong by accident. It is soooo easy to make mistakes and never catch on to them. Replication and Redos help, but still.
This article is a very interesting read: http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.0020124
“a research finding is less likely to be true when the studies conducted in a field are smaller; when effect sizes are smaller; when there is a greater number and lesser preselection of tested relationships; where there is greater flexibility in designs, definitions, outcomes, and analytical modes; when there is greater financial and other interest and prejudice; and when more teams are involved in a scientific field in chase of statistical significance.”
It is scary to think about. So much of our lives depend scientist research and polls etc.