Johh, I absolutely agree. (01)
Especially with the last point, by Aiken. (02)
Thanks for those thoughts, (03)
On Aug 14, 2010, at 5:35 PM, John F. Sowa wrote: (05)
> Matt and Joanne,
> There is a way to reward academics, even when they share data.
> 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.
> 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...
> 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:
> "The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers."
> 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.
> I'd also like to quote another computer scientist, Howard Aiken:
> "Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas
> are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."
> John Sowa
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