the idea of open science

oh dear – what happened to October? or November for that matter?
Well, I won’t bore you with the mundane details of grant-writing, which have basically consumed me for the last several months. (Maybe one day I’ll discuss that in a “why does it take forever to get a PhD?” post.)

For now, though, I’m just going to post an interesting TED talk on the concept of Open Science. If you are not familiar with TED talks, I invite you to check them out as they are fantastic. Be advised that you can lose days of your life clicking from one intriguing talk to the next. The particular talk that I’m posting discusses the idea of open science, something I’m extremely interested in. I believe that science should be made freely available to the public. After all, the public’s tax dollars are paying for the research in the first place. Unfortunately, there are some severe hurdles to jump over before Open Science can become a reality. The talk highlights some of these, including the major issue of publication. Why would a young scientist contribute to Open Science when their career will be solely judged on a publication record? Do you think that Open Science might actually be a possibility? How can we change the current paradigm?

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2 thoughts on “the idea of open science

  1. Open Science need not be a barrier to publication; Mat Todd and Jean-Claude Bradley both run open notebook labs and have published work from those notebooks. If Rosie Redfield figures out what was wrong with the arsenic story, publishers will be falling all over themselves to publish it — never mind that you can read the work in real time online. I can’t think of too many other examples, but it’s early days.

    If you liked Michael’s TED talk, you might also enjoy his book: http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/reinventing-discovery/

  2. Bill – Though the examples are few, it’s still encouraging to see that it is possible. Thanks for sharing! Also, thanks for the link to Michael’s book. I will definitely be checking that out in the near future.

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