Poetry and science: Chaos
Today’s post is a new contribution to our new poetry section. We would like to widen the geographical scope of this section and invite readers to submit their work in any European language. This week’s poem is a second submission by Peter Davis on the theme of Chaos. Enjoy!
Sharing is performing
Infants are taught to share indiscriminately from an early age. In the English speaking world, there is even a mantra: “sharing is caring,” repeated ad nauseum until children comply. But, as soon as they stop abiding by the rules of their childhood, people start to become more and more discriminate in their sharing practices.
Digitally-enhanced research has yet to become more collaborative
Sharing practices build the essence of science. In the process they generate two important “Rs” for scientists: recognition and reputation. This trend has been exacerbated by an increase scientific activity. This means they have the potential for enhancing the sharing practices associated with the scientific endeavour. Ultimately, this trend will also have an impact on the way research is translated into innovation, albeit at the cost of enhanced collaboration and at the detriment of competition.
Online reputation: necessary, but not sufficient
Social connections, of course, are a key part of being a researcher—all the more so as science becomes increasingly collaborative. Much of scientific success—in both intellectual and career terms—is down to finding the right mentors and collaborators. Networks are a resource as much as any other. So how important to academic success is cultivating your profile online?
Why do academics blog?
In most universities there is little incentive for academics to blog. It is therefore somewhat surprising that an increasing number of academics are taking it up. We realised that there is surprisingly little work done on academic blogging. We therefore started exploring which academics were blogging and what they are blogging about.