Open Source The Science


There’s a move afoot to open-source academic articles, of which I wholeheartedly approve. I recall a time when one could obtain a printed article from many universities simply by asking. Professors were delighted to spread the knowledge. Today, places such as provide open access to articles, and I hope the trend expands.

But I advocate open-sourcing not only the final articles, but the data, the algorithms, the thinking processes (if at all possible), the methodology, the potential conflicts of interest – everything needed to replicate, refute, and critique the science.

Why? Because this would help to answer many important questions. It would help to weed out bad science.

There are very serious doubts about the quality of scientific research. Here are only two of the pertinent articles; there are many more.

Lies, damned lies, and medical science is a worrisome article about the work of Dr. John Ioannidis and…

View original post 83 more words

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.