News: Putting a Spin on Scientific Experimentation… from Wired.com
October 27, 2007
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Posted on Sept 25 2007 in the Discoveries section of Wired.com, this essay by Thomas Goetz entitled “Freeing the Dark Data of Scientific Experiments” is worthy reading. Here is an excerpt:
“Technology is actually the simple part. The tougher problem lies in the culture of science. More and more, research is funded by commercial entities, which deem any results proprietary. And even among fair-minded academics, the pressures of time, tender, and tenure can make openness an afterthought”.
“If their research is successful, many academics guard their data like Gollum, wringing all the publication opportunities they can out of it over years. If the research doesn’t pan out, there’s a strong incentive to move on, ASAP, and a disincentive to linger in eddies that may not advance one’s job prospects.”
(Source: Wired Magazine – Science Section, Oct 15 2007 edition)