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Distributed Science, Part 2

I got a lot of feedback on my last post in which I argued that open source is the wrong metaphor fo science, because it ties us too closely to the artifact that is open source software. The core of my argument remains the same – science is not software, and we shouldn’t treat it…

Integrate. Annotate. Federate.

Following on to yesterday’s post, where I wrote about the four functions that traditional publishers claim as their space (registration, certification, dissemination, preservation), I want to revisit an argument I made last week at the British Library. In my slides, I argued that the web brings us at least three additional functions: integration, annotation, and…

I ran into Virginia Acha last week at the NESTA event in London, but she didn’t tell me about this! Derek Lowe at In the Pipeline notes that Pfizer is apparently allowing external companies to screen against their internal library. But I’m told that Pfizer has been meeting with several other (mostly smaller) companies, offering…

Lately I’ve been spending a fair amount of time talking to the folks at NESTA in the UK. There’s a lot of interest in how the kinds of legal and technical infrastructures we’re building at Creative Commons might work at scale in the UK, and yesterday NESTA hosted me and James Boyle (founder of Creative…