The Data Science Revolution: An Interview with Xiao-Li Meng
An interview with Xiao-Li Meng, Professor of Statistics at Harvard University, about the increasingly central role data science is playing in research and teaching, - and how journals, publishers, societies, and librarians fit in this emerging ecosystem.
Could the Apprenticeship Levy Be the Answer to the UK's Diversity Crisis and £63bn Skills Shortage?
The current skills gap costs the UK £63 billion a year, with an estimated 600,000 job vacancies in digital technology alone. There are currently more FTSE100 companies being led by men called David and Steve, than companies led by women and ethnic minorities. Meanwhile, we know that companies that achieve...
The T&F Buyout of F1000 Neutralizes the Plan S Threat Infrastructures
I am tempted to think that Taylor & Francis's acquisition of F1000 should be critiqued on grounds of yet more gross for-profit consolidation in the scholarly publishing ecosystem. I believe this is true. But funders won't care. The EU wants to maintain its stance of market non-interference and I do not believe that the for-profit status of such entities bothers others like Wellcome or Gates.
The State of Open Data 2019 - What Are the Key Issues in Open Data for Researchers?
In this post, Mark Hahnel presents findings from the largest continuous survey of academic attitudes to open data and suggests that as well promoting data sharing, it may also have inadvertently fed into the publish or perish culture of research.
Why Ethics and Science Move at Different Speeds, and the Unfortunate Trend to Legalize Research Ethics
When I sat down to think about what to say during this panel entitled "Are there ethical limits to what science can achieve or should pursue", I couldn't help but feel intellectually stuck in three paradoxes, paradoxes that I think animate our condition today, and that I take as a point of departure for my talk. First. Alongside the unprecedented potential of science and technology to solve complex global challenges, there is a perpetual threat of a catastrophe: from the atomic bomb to chemical,
It's a tale for all time. What might be the greatest scam in history or, at least, the one that threatens to take history down with it. Think of it as the climate-change scam that beat science, big time. Scientists have been seriously investigating the subject of human-made climate change since the late 1950s and political leaders have been discussing it for nearly as long. In 1961, Alvin Weinberg, the director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, called carbon dioxide one of the "big problems"