Tuesday, March 21, 2006


From Postgenomic (now on Seed Media Group servers), I picked up this post with some speculations on the future of science. It is a bit long but interesting. It was written by the former editor of Wired magazine so it is naturally biased to speculations on technology changes.

My favorite prediction is what he called Wiki-Science:

"Wiki-Science - The average number of authors per paper continues to rise. With massive collaborations, the numbers will boom. Experiments involving thousands of investigators collaborating on a "paper" will commonplace. The paper is ongoing, and never finished. It becomes a trail of edits and experiments posted in real time - an ever evolving "document." Contributions are not assigned. Tools for tracking credit and contributions will be vital. Responsibilities for errors will be hard to pin down. Wiki-science will often be the first word on a new area. Some researchers will specialize in refining ideas first proposed by wiki-science."

I am trying to write a paper right now and just last week the thought crossed my mind of just doing it online in Nodalpoint's wiki pages and inviting some people to help/evaluate/review. However I am not sure that my boss would agree with the idea and honestly I am a bit afraid of losing the change of publishing this work as a first author. Maybe when I get this off my hands I'll try to start an open project on a particular example of network evolution.

Links on topic:
Nodalpoint - projects ; collaborative research post
Science 2.0