This should interest readers of this blog with a funding opportunity from Microsoft Fuse. Request for Proposals - Peer Economy Research Awards SCHEDULE AND DEADLINES RFP released: May 19, 2014 Two-page proposal submission deadline: June 6, 2014 Notification of results: Mid June, 2014 OVERVIEW A number of technological platforms, often referred to as the "sharing economy," … Continue reading Funding Opportunity on the Peer Economy
From The Verge: Despite the prestige that comes with research being published in peer-reviewed journals like Nature, recent investigation into published studies have found many to be irreproducible or flat-out wrong. Indeed, one groundbreaking stem cell study was recently called into question after researchers were unable to replicate its conclusions, while 120 computer-generated papers were … Continue reading New lab to study bad science
When Ronald Coase passed away last year, it occurred to me that no one had really applied a Coasian framework to the characterisation of copyright regimes. I had been interested in these since reading Larry Lessig's book, Remix. Remixing is where users take original content (such as the Harlem Shake) and put it in new … Continue reading New paper on Remix Rights
Sadao Nagaoka and Hideo Owan have a new paper entitled "Author ordering in scientific research: Evidence from a scientist survey in the US and Japan." This was one of the papers funded last year. Here is the abstract: This paper examines what drives author ordering in scientific research. We first discuss a theoretical framework for the … Continue reading New paper on author recognition and name ordering
Sometimes I am asked to explain what we are trying to do at ContributionEconomy.net. My best answer is to investigate the non-monetary motivations for innovation and knowledge creation and distribution. That helps define it against other scholarly endeavours. This week, Wil Wilkinson went deeper in his post on "old school blogging." I'm not sure which bits … Continue reading What contribution economy is all about???
There are two broad funding opportunities in 2014 from the Research Program on the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution funded by the Sloan Foundation (see contributioneconomy.net for more details). First, there are research grants available. The Research Program on the Economics of Knowledge Contribution and Distribution funded by the Sloan Foundation is looking for proposals for research related to the following topics: * The impact of open … Continue reading Funding Opportunities
The Nobel prize for physics this year was controversial. It wasn't controversial because of the idea 'wot won it' but the number of people who contributed to that idea. However, the Nobel prize has a rule that there can be at most three recipients in a given year. (That doesn't apply to Peace but it … Continue reading Prizes for Teams?
One thing that intrigues me are 'grass roots' movements to sanction behaviour. I'm presenting a paper about this in scholarly publishing at the forthcoming American Economic Association meetings. However, here I wanted to talk about a skirmish that happened over the last few days in the app economy. A couple of weeks ago, a small company called … Continue reading Private Anti-Patent Enforcement
In a recent post at VoxEU (based on a recent working paper entitled "Willful Blindness") Stan Liebowitz argues that the assignment of credit by economics departments to academic researchers is "uneconomic." By this he means that in co-authored papers the credit shares sum to more than 1. Instead, in a survey of economics department chairs … Continue reading What is an economic means of assigning credit?
We have seen numerous boycott calls with regard to academic publishers but they have generally been about market power and its exploitation. Today, a more serious boycott call was launched with the claim that some publications are harming science itself -- a potentially more serious charge. The call comes from this year's medicine Nobel prize … Continue reading A new type of scholarly journal boycott