ERIC Number: EJ827453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
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Open Source, Meet "User-Generated Science"
Huwe, Terence K.
Computers in Libraries, v29 n2 p19-21 Feb 2009
This article discusses Research Blogging, a community-run nonprofit organization that is promoting a suite of blogging software to scholars. Research Blogging itself does two things. First, it extends an invitation to a community, and it is open to anyone. Second, it requires its users to follow guidelines. The combination of rigorous guidelines that conform to scholarly culture with the practices of the blogosphere provides an interesting spin on how science can be done. If the leading minds of any given profession adopted this style of communication, the open dialogue that would follow would strengthen the principles of peer-reviewed research. Research Blogging creates a viable information ecology that can expand the world of science, improve its accessibility and global reach, and assist scientists in the formation of new institutions harnessing new technology. As with all new media, Research Blogging carries upsides and downsides. The good news is that there are many avenues for specialists to find each other and to compare their research progress. On the down side, young scholars have more at stake and more to risk. The author forecasts that user-generated science is new, but it is here to stay.
Descriptors: Nonprofit Organizations, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Database Management Systems, Program Descriptions, Program Development, Computer System Design, Research Tools, Community Organizations
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