The third of my columns on Open Science is now up at 3QuarksDaily. I’m not sure why I’m bothering to announce it here, since if you read me you certainly should read 3QD (and it’s not as though my teeny readership will register on the radar of a behemoth like 3QD). Still, for them as is interested:
In parts one and two, I talked about the scholarly practice of Open Access publishing, and about how the central concept of “openness”, or knowledge as a public good, is being incorporated into other aspects of science. I suggested that the overall practice (or philosophy, or movement) might be called Open Science, by which I mean the process of discovery at the intersection of Open Access (publishing), Open Data, Open Source (software), Open Standards and Open Licensing (those last two being another way of saying semantic web, or Web 2.0, or whatever the kids are calling it these days).
Here I want to move from ideas to applications, and take a look at what kinds of Open Science are already happening and where such efforts might lead. Open Science is very much in its infancy at the moment; we don’t know precisely what its maturity will look like, but we have good reason to think we’ll like it.
You can read the rest at 3QD; as always, I won’t repost and comments are off here so as not to split the conversation. In particular, please speak up if I’ve got something wrong, or missed something out.