There was a very nice News Feature in Nature last week on the problems of reproducibility in scientific papers. This isn’t the topic of ‘reproducible documents’ on which I have posted before but rather the question of repeatability of scientific research. The feature isn’t freely available I’m afraid but I can do some summarising here.
Archives for July 2006
Things are very busy around here right now so no time for any serious blogging I’m afraid. We are in the last throws of preparing the PLoS ONE manuscript tracking system to admit its first submissions. More on that next week I hope but for now I wanted to mention some initiatives to improve the availability of PhD theses.
Now is your chance to get very actively involved in the creation of TOPAZ, the new Open Source publishing platform which PLoS is involved in developing and which will be supporting PLoS ONE when it launches. It is a great project and we really do want your views.
I simply must point everyone to one of the best pieces of science blogging that I have seen. Gavin Schmidt at RealClimate has posted on the state of medieval wine production in England comparing it to the present day and discussing what this might tell us about climate change.
The Creator’s Copyright Coalition (CCC) has a post on its site relating to the Economist Article “Creative Destruction in the Library”. I wrote a comment in response to it before realising that this wasn’t a very good use of my time; while they accept comments they don’t post them. So I am posting it here.
There is a fun paper in this months Physical Review E (that’s the one that covers “Statistical, Nonlinear and Soft Matter Physics”) which looks at exactly how fleeting is the interest in items posted on websites. Specifically it looks at news items on a Hungarian news site (a number of the authors are based in Hungary) and the headline figure is that on average news items have been read by half of the people who are ever going to read them within 36 hours of posting.
A very quick post to let you know that I will be speaking on a panel discussion at the Euroscience Open Forum in Munich next Monday.
A year ago, some enterprising lads at the IT University of Copenhagen released a recipe of beer under the Creative Commons license. Because of the license, anybody that made money from selling the beer would need to give them credit and publish any changes to the recipe under a similar license. It was a novel idea and got some press from both the Open Source and the beer brewing communities.
This morning I heard an interview with Chris Anderson on the Today program about his just published book “The Long Tail : Why the future of business is selling less of more“. This set me pondering, and not for the first time, about how the lessons learnt in music retailing could be applied to scientific publishing.