Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"The Future of Science"

"Ideally, we’ll achieve a kind of extreme openness. This means: making many more types of content available than just scientific papers; allowing creative reuse and modification of existing work through more open licensing and community norms; making all information not just human readable but also machine readable; providing open APIs to enable the building of additional services on top of the scientific literature, and possibly even multiple layers of increasingly powerful services. Such extreme openness is the ultimate expression of the idea that others may build upon and extend the work of individual scientists in ways they themselves would never have conceived."[bolding is mine] Michael Nielsen

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This makes perfect sense and may be the way one can combine information from different sources (journals from different publishers, databases, research data, etc) to mine content for subject specific knowledge enabling new scientific insights – especially in data intensive fields like bioinformatics.

As no single party has the expertise to do this alone, a system of responsible sharing and re-use seem to be the way forward, especially considering the emergence of new technologies (like the semantic web) that enable this. Proper attribution to authors and owners would help migrate users from the current system of scientific discourse to a more interlinked and data rich environment.

Curious to see what parties will lead this digitalization of knowledge…