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5.0 out of 5 stars Democratizing science, data and restructuring attention in the digital environment, Feb. 4 2012
This review is from: Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science (Hardcover)
This is a wonderful account of how the digital environment is changing how we work - in this case how science is done, and who can do science. The first half of the book is the best as it uses a number of case to illustrate Big Data projects and the positive potential of 'Big' open data. For anyone interested in the implications of open data this is a great resource. He elaborates how the digital environment allows us to connect the right person with the right knowledge to the right situation - helping to restructure expert/knowledge attention.

He provides the foundation - the cases for understanding that the wisdom of crowds is in fact a way of social computing.

The second half of the book is focused more on the policy implications necessary to democratize science, accelerate discovery, improve access to the results of science, reshape how we incentivize scientist to share their data to create open data and enable how new ways of asking questions and finding answers. He challenges the hold that old methods of science journals have and how it was once the key to spreading knowledge but has become a throttle today.

This is an important topic today - if only our politician understood these issues to help in shaping our 21st century infrastructure. Highly recommend this book.
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Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science by Michael Nielsen (Hardcover - Oct. 23 2011)
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