Michael Nielsen: Open science now! Change how we construct knowledge.

What if every scientist could share their data as easily as they tweet about their lunch? Michael Nielsen calls for scientists to embrace new tools for collaboration that will enable discoveries to happen at the speed of Twitter.


I find this concept very helpful: a need to ‘change how we construct knowledge itself’.  It also helps answer the question why some social media sites for science bods dont work – for example social networks for scientists with similar interests such as Research Gate or BiomedExperts have not worked as well as they should have. Why? Because scientists get no reward for uploading data to social media sites – it doesn’t result in papers. No papers, no funding = no ability to buy a round next time you’re in the pub. What Michael Nielsen shows here is that science can use social media for entirely new ways of collaborating.