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Re: [ontolog-forum] NYT Rare Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzhei

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From: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 14 Aug 2010 17:35:27 -0400
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Matt and Joanne,    (01)

There is a way to reward academics, even when they share data.    (02)

MV>> Well it seems like a utopian model, but at the same time
 >> in academics you are judged on your papers and grants.
 >> So without some exclusivity it is difficult for academics to cope.    (03)

JL> I hear ya, however, it may be time for a change.  Data are already
 > out there, being shared and reused, and the trend is increasing. So,
 > we either figure out ways to recognize and reward "sharing" or suffer
 > the ultimate consequences...    (04)

The point I would make is that science is more than data.  It requires
some new discovery based on that data.  Richard Hamming's point about
computation is significant:    (05)

    "The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers."    (06)

What's important is the insight, and that is what academics (and
commercial inventors) should be rewarded for.  But I recognize
that digging out kinds of data requires a lot of hard work that
somebody has to pay for.  That is an important question to address.    (07)

I'd also like to quote another computer scientist, Howard Aiken:    (08)

    "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas.  If your ideas
    are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."    (09)

John Sowa    (010)

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