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    Airgead
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    Hi Guys

    The scheme you were discribing for doing science in a collaborative way where people can add to an existing body of knowledge by forking and adding revisions to the current state of knowledge sounds exactly like the way software teams, particularly open source communities handle distributed version control.

    If you ant a system for doing exactly what you were talking about, may I suggest you have a look at git and gitflow. They are systems for managing distributed revisions to a common set of documents (usually code but doesn;t have to be). You can write books this way (through places like leanpub). You can write code this way (naturally). You can even do science this way. I believe there are already some open source science projects using things like git to manage their work.

    The open source malaria program is one that springs to mind. I’m not sure whether they use git but if not they would use something very similar.

    P.S.Does anyone ever read this forum any more. My hilariously witty comments about brewing have been let go through to the keeper.

    Cheers
    Dave

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    stapleton.aj
    stapleton.aj
    Keymaster

    Dave!

    Thanks for letting us know! Yes, we still read this forum and your comments were read out on the last recording of the podcast to come out in two weeks time!

    We should look into the projects that use git like forking…

    Keep commenting!

    #2195

    Airgead
    Participant

    Ha! Good to hear.

    I love the idea of an open source model for science. We can do much better than peer reviewed papers these dates. Let’s face it, that’s a model that was developed in the 1800s. Technology has moved on a little since then.

    The big stumbling block isn’t the technology. Distributed version control has been around since the 90s. That’s a solved problem (no blockchain required unless you need to apply for funding in which case drop the word blockchain a few times in your pitch and millions will pour in your direction). It’s the measurements. How do you fit open collaboration into a measurement model that relies on h indexes and number of papers written to judge success? Measurement drives behaviour.

    Full disclosure here.. I’m not a scientist (I’m a business and leadership coach as my day job). I just look at science from the outside (face pressed up against the window, looking at all the shiny things inside, wishing I had studied harder at school so I could be inside with you guys).

    Cheers
    Dave

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