All posts tagged “open access

Open Access means people die

Reader beware, a rant ahead. Believe me, I waited 24 hours to calm down before writing this text. But a day passed and I’m still outraged by recent posts of Peter Murray-Rust entitled “Open Research Reports: What Jenny and I said (and why I am angry)” and “Open Access saves lives“. He made there following assertions: close access publishing restricts access to information no access to information means suboptimal decisions, for example in choosing medical treatment therefore closed access means…

One step closer to open science

You know the news already: The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust announced today that they are to support a new, top-tier, open access journal for biomedical and life sciences research. The three organisations aim to establish a new journal that will attract and define the very best research publications from across these fields. All research published in the journal will make highly significant contributions that will extend the boundaries of scientific knowledge. Cameron has already commented…

Open science and the economic collapse

My colleague is interested in designing a better PCR machine and is collecting all the hardware information he can get. Today, after I’ve forwarded him a link to OpenPCR, a project aiming at constructing open source PCR hardware that anyone can build, he asked me what’s the point of making biotech equipment by yourself in an academic environment. My answer was that with empty pockets academics will have no choice, but turning to DIY hardware. And this is going to…

Open Foo: sharing practice, social movement and technology

In the discussion under my recent post on incompatibilities between open source and open data Bill Anderson pointed out frequent confusion between “open source” and “free software”. He cited Richard Stallman’s essay which argues that open source is a software development methodology, while free software is a social movement. Building on that, Bill wrote that “‘Open data’ is not a data development method; it’s a data sharing practice (…)”, which sounded quite right. However, after reading Stallman’s essay again and…

Open Data citation advantage

Quite recently my colleagues published a paper on genome-wide model of translation (in PLoS Computational Biology). They have used a number of different data, although in one case the data wasn’t available in the text or as a supplementary material – they needed to ask the other group for certain raw numbers from their experiment on ribosome profiling in yeast (published in Science). Data was shared promptly, so my colleagues could finish the project. They have cited original paper, plus they’ve…

One scientific journal, one scientific community

Image via Wikipedia There’s interesting relation between this comment by Richard Gordon and Bryan J. Poulin entitled “There is but one journal: the scientific literature” (posted under essay in PLoS Medicine entitled “Why current publication practices may distort science”): (…) Frankly, when downloading a paper, we pay more attention to the contents than the name of the journal, which has become incidental. “Artificial scarcity”[3] is a frame of mind. The result of all these technologies and attitudes is that we…