All posts tagged “strategy

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…

Large patent portfolio: an equivalent of automated contracts?

Intellectual Ventures is a private company with business model relying on developing large patent portfolio and licensing these to companies with infringing products. In other words their business model is patent trolling. Given my attitude towards openness, it’s clear that I don’t like their approach at all, although I must admit that some of the ideas they have developed are freaking cool. You can imagine my satisfaction when it turned out that their first venture fund, IDF I, isn’t doing…

Science as a complex system – introduction

Image via Wikipedia Which complex system? Complexity theory, that is studying complex systems, is tracked back to 18th century with classical political economy of the Scottish Enlightenment, although the real pioneers of the field are 20th century’s philosophers, economists, mathematicians and social scientists. It’s a rather young field, but it already covers quite large number of topics (such as complex adaptive systems, chaos theory, non-linearity, emergence or self-organization) and which influences other fields of science, like biology, sociology or economics….

More on strategy for promoting Open Science

Cover via Amazon It seems obvious that science depends on communication although we tend to limit the scope of this word to communication of (raw) results and knowledge. Moreover, we rarely pay any attention to the way the message is transmitted, what is the perception of the message in the public, and finally, what is the strength of the message. We are rational and we don’t need this “marketing” trick, right? Well, it doesn’t seem to be true. Perception of…