Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age

The National Science Foundation has posted a workshop report entitled Changing the Conduct of Science in the Information Age. While it doesn't appear to contain direct input from linguists, many of the issues it discusses will be familiar to those interested in promoting a cyberlinguistics infrastructure.

From the executive summary:

Participants identified a number of key findings with respect to data access. They noted that the primary social barriers to data access include insufficient intellectual property rights, the difficulty of documenting data for reuse, and problems associated with protecting confidentiality and privacy. They also noted that a host of technical issues must be addressed, including data control, security, long‐term preservation, and stewardship. Participants agreed that scientific information should be broadly defined to include both data and code, and that knowledge sharing encompasses a variety of modes and methods. They noted that scientific attribution is critical to establishing trust in the research community and thus promoting knowledge access.

Workshop participants outlined a vision for the future that includes a framework for openness and international standards for data and knowledge; reliable and unique identifiers for individual researchers, organizations, and publications to create linkages between publications and their appropriate data; continuous investment for data preservation and access; and formal and informal training of students, researchers, and funding agency personnel.

I imagine anyone thinking of applying to the NSF for cyberinfrastructure funding in the near future will want to make sure to reference this report.


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