A matter of scientific record: Open Science What and When?
The scientific record is crucial to the progress of science. At the Royal
Society Report (Science as an Open Enterprise) re-inforced, progress and
the self correcting nature of the scientific method is only possible with
full disclosure. The matter of what material is exposed in publications
and what is provided as supporting evidence, for example it is unusual to
publish laboratory notebooks, contrasts in some ways with the intellectual
property and patent process. I will look at how the increasing digital
nature of parts the scientific a process brings with it both advantages
and perhaps disadvantages in supporting the needs for transparency and
accountability are growing supporting the need for clear provenance of
data for the more controversial and less easily reproduced work.