How Technology and the Open Source Movement Can Save Science

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Article: Back to Basics: How Technology and the Open Source Movement Can Save Science. David Koepsell

URL = http://www.interdisciplines.org/liquidpub/papers/1/version/original

Abstract

"This paper argues that the golden age of science was never fully realized, and in the 20th Century became an unlikely ideal. Corporate and university cultures, combined with the realities of the marketplace for publishing, ensured that the ideal methodology of the sciences could not be put into practice. Only now, with the growth of the Open Source Movement, and the success of open wikis, can the scientific ideal, by which theories and hypotheses are aired for public and scientific scrutiny, flourish. But for this to happen, old notions of peer review, academic standards of publication and tenure review, and government sponsorship based upon the above, will all need to adjust accordingly." (http://www.interdisciplines.org/liquidpub/papers/1/version/original)