Michael Nielsen on the importance and value of Open Science

We are pretty excited about what modern technology can do for science and in particular the potential for increasingly rapid sharing of, and collaboration on, data and ideas. It’s the big picture that explains why we like to blog, tweet, publish data and code, and we’ve benefited greatly from others who do the same. So, when we saw this great talk by Michael Nielsen about Open Science, we just had to share.

(via, appropriately enough, @gvwilson and @TEDxWaterloo on Twitter)

4 Comments on “Michael Nielsen on the importance and value of Open Science

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  2. This is an excellent talk. The most important thing from my perspective is to point out the ethics of sharing versus hoarding. I’m in favor of awareness. I do not own “my” ideas; to think that I do is delusional.

  3. I completely agree. The good news is that I think we’ve really started to turn the corner in biology with respect to sharing data, code and even ideas. The bad news is that in my recent experience we’re not just fighting against old momentum to make this transition, but against the university system which is responding to increases in collaboration by increasingly insisting that only “your” work (i.e., first or corresponding authorship, lead or sole PI) really counts for hiring and tenure decisions. I’m currently working on an extensive paragraph for my tenure binder explaining why collaboration is important and justifying the fact that some of my publications don’t involve only myself and members of my group (my committee insisted that this was critical given my collaborative nature). I’ve heard similar stories with respect to both tenure and hiring decisions elsewhere and I’m growing concerned that this may slow down the enlightenment that we were just starting to enter in biology.

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