Open access, open-source software, open courses and now open science? The movement for distribution of content which can be freely viewed, modified or redistributed continues almost unabated. The disciplines that benefit from open collaborations are constantly expanding. While scientific exploration has often been done in community, from the first star gazers perhaps, today’s ease of access to the Internet itself has opened up science communication and collaboration.
From the data sharing initiative through the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, to the Massively collaborative mathematics Polymath project, Open science has become a research accelerator. And it’s being written about from well respected Nature to popular culture Wired magazine. And it is interesting to note that the Polymath project is not only a collaborative effort but has been recognized as an author at arxiv.org.
For your reading pleasure you can read more about open science in a few places including:
- This special topics issue of The European Physical Journal.
- Field’s Medalist Mathematician Terence Tao proposed the polymath project and wrote about his experiences as a math blogger in the book Poincaré’s legacies : pages from year two of a mathematical blog Baker-Berry Cook QA613.2 .T36 2009 1 & 2.
- Princeton University Press has just published a new title which has been ordered for our collection, Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science.
- Linked data. This title is rather technical but includes an overview of existing Linked Data applications.
- Gerry Stahl, a professor at Drexel has made some of his research in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning freely available.