The Shareable Future of Science Publishing

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December 3, 2009

There is a deep irony in the public funding of science. Billions are spent by governments to fund research in science and medicine. This research is done by scientists, many of whom are employed by government, through research institutes and universities. The results of this research are published in journals. However, even though the research is paid for the public, the public cannot freely access it.

Indeed, it strikes me as profoundly weird when I read a news article about some great new research finding but I can't simply click on a link and see the raw article.

A Shared Climate, a Sharing Solution?

The Copenhagen Climate Conference is beginning in a week or so, and already Obama and his fellow political leaders have conceded that they will not make any meaningful agreements during this much-touted summit. Tens of thousands of people are converging on Copenhagen to demand action on the pressing environmental crisis of our era.

Between the street demonstrations outside and the empty rhetoric of the political classes inside, there is a widening gap.

The Stranger Exchange

John Wilson stopped in Chicago during a road trip from Boston. He was walking by Wicker Park when he noticed a “totally anonymous and unsupervised” local drop box where you could leave or take unwanted books and DVD’s.

When he got back home, he started talking about the idea with Chris Maggio, an old school friend and co-founder of the art collective the Future Machine. Would something similar work in Boston? They decided to find out.

How to Share a Chicken (or Two)

Foster Road in Southeast Portland, Oregon is lined with wrecking yards, auto body shops, gas stations, cheap appliance stores, and vacant lots.

It’s not the place you’d expect to find a six-acre working farm or a ten-acre wetland preserve. But that’s where Zenger Farm is, nestled between a huge warehouse and a cluster of residential housing.

How to Start Your Own Skillshare

Organizing a Skillshare is fun and easy, since everyone really has something to teach, and something to learn.

The seeds for the Brooklyn Skillshare began in the Spring of 2009 when I attended a similar event in Boston, and was inspired by the weekend-long workshops offered on a regular basis, free of charge. I had assumed that these types of events existed in every major city, and so I was shocked to discover that there were none in greater New York City area. 

To me, the need for a skillshare seemed obvious: 

How to Achieve Transparency at Work

Q: How can I make my business more transparent to ensure that my employees always know what’s going on within the company?

A: Let's use an example: Chroma Technology Corp. is a manufacturer of interference filters for the ultra-violet, visible and near-infrared portions of the spectrum, including bandpass, multiple bandpass, and long and short pass filters. That sounds pretty technical, doesn't it? But anyone can understand Chroma's commitment to workplace transparency.

Explore the Transparency Ecosystem

Last Friday I coworked with tech blogger Shannon Clark and others at Citizen Space. On my way out, I found this great little postcard from the Sunlight Foundation listing the top sites in the transparency ecosystem.  As the card says, the Sunlight Foundation is, "committed to helping citizens, bloggers and journalists be their own best [government] watchdog." Here's their list, which is U.S. focused.



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