Tuesday, January 17, 2012

‘Open Science’ Challenges Journal Tradition With Web Collaboration - NYTimes.com

More research and education business-as-usual disruption ahead

The system is hidebound, expensive and elitist, they say. Peer review can take months, journal subscriptions can be prohibitively costly, and a handful of gatekeepers limit the flow of information. It is an ideal system for sharing knowledge, said the quantum physicist Michael Nielsen, only “if you’re stuck with 17th-century technology.”

Dr. Nielsen and other advocates for “open science” say science can accomplish much more, much faster, in an environment of friction-free collaboration over the Internet. And despite a host of obstacles, including the skepticism of many established scientists, their ideas are gaining traction.

‘Open Science’ Challenges Journal Tradition With Web Collaboration - NYTimes.com

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