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Another rant about academia and open source

Author: Sebastian Benthall

http://digifesto.com/2012/02/28/another-rant-about-academia-and-open-source/

Archive: https://archive.force11.net/node/6347

1 thought on “Another rant about academia and open source”

  1. Open source vs scientific reputation

    Thanks to FORCE11 member Gully Burns for sending me this link.  This article is from 2011, but I thought it quite interesting given my recent reading of "What would Google do?".  In that book, and in the open source movement, a bad customer who takes the time to complain is actually a good customer, in that she provides valuable feedback to make your product better.  But criticism in academia is not viewed that way;  rather, someone pointing our a problem is viewed as damaging your reputation as a scientist.  Because we know that good scientists never make mistakes!  An important cultural barrier to overcome. 

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