- Jul 2020
Locher, Clara, David Moher, Ioana Cristea, and Naudet Florian. ‘Publication by Association: The Covid-19 Pandemic Reveals Relationships between Authors and Editors’. Preprint. MetaArXiv, 15 July 2020. https://doi.org/10.31222/osf.io/64u3s.
- productivity based
- grant funding
- scientific judgements
- ripple effect
- political judgements
- self-promotion journals
- Dec 2015
Similarly, in science there exists substantial expertise making brilliant connectionsbetween concepts, but it is being conveyed in silos of English prose known as journalarticles. Every scientific journal article has a methods section, but it is almost impossibleto read a methods section and subsequently repeat the experiment—the English languageis inadequate to precisely and concisely convey what is being done.
This issue of reproducible science is starting to be tackled but I do believe formal methods and abstractions would go along way to making sure we adhere these ideas. It is a bit like writing a program with global state vs a functionally defined program, but even worse, since you may forget to write down one little thing you did to the global state.
- Feb 2014
National governments are also weighing in on the issue. The UK government aims this April to make text-mining for non-commercial purposes exempt from copyright, allowing academics to mine any content they have paid for.
UK government intervening to make text-mining for non-commercial purposes exempt from copyright.
“Our plan is just to wait for the copyright exemption to come into law in the United Kingdom so we can do our own content-mining our own way, on our own platform, with our own tools,” says Mounce. “Our project plans to mine Elsevier’s content, but we neither want nor need the restricted service they are announcing here.”
This seems to be a sensible move rather than be hindered not by copyright, but by the onerous contract that Elsevier wants to put in place.
some researchers feel that a dangerous precedent is being set. They argue that publishers wrongly characterize text-mining as an activity that requires extra rights to be granted by licence from a copyright holder, and they feel that computational reading should require no more permission than human reading. “The right to read is the right to mine,” says Ross Mounce of the University of Bath, UK, who is using content-mining to construct maps of species’ evolutionary relationships.
"The right to read is the right to mine."