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Launching a Polish fork of Science 3.0 portal

With the momentum gained after launching an aggregator of Polish science blogs, together with Mark we’ve decided to launch a Polish fork of Science 3.0 portal. It took significantly more work than the aggregator alone, but hopefully it was worth it. My hope is to create a common discussion space for people interested in an […]

Too many open loops or new type of science?

I guess all online scientists struggle to find a balance between a number of projects they are willing to commit to and a number of projects they are physically able to work on. What used to be the case for high-profile people (visibility increases number of interesting offers coming to you), it’s currently the case […]

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 […]

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 science – campfire, formal knowledge acquisition or both?

Image via Wikipedia Recently I’ve stumbled upon this provocative post by Robert Paterson entitled Are Books Bad For Us?. Of course he doesn’t advocate to burn all books, but rather wonders whether books lower our ability to observe and think for ourselves. What catched my attention was the paragraph below: How did pottery get invented? […]

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 […]