Will e-Science Be Open Science?

15 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2008 Last revised: 27 Jun 2010

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Paul A. David

Stanford University - Department of Economics; University of Oxford - All Souls College; UNU-MERIT (Maastricht)

Matthijs L. den Besten

GSCM-Montpellier Business School

Ralph Schroeder

University of Oxford - Oxford Internet Institute

Date Written: December 14, 2008


This contribution examines various aspects of "openness" in research, and seeks to gauge the degree to which contemporary "e-science" practices are congruent with "open science." Norms and practices of openness are held to have been vital for the work of modern scientific communities, but concerns about the growth of stronger technical and institutional restraints on access to research tools, data and information recently have attracted notice - in part because of their implications for the effective utilization of advanced digital infrastructures and information technologies in research collaborations. Our discussion clarifies the conceptual differences between e-science and open science, and reports findings from a preliminary look at practices in U.K. e-science projects. Both parts serve to underscore the point that it is unwarranted to presume that the development of e-science necessarily promotes global open science collaboration. As there is evident need for further empirical research to establish where, when, and to what extent "openness" and "e-ness" in scientific and engineering research may be expected to advance hand-in-hand, we outline a framework within which such a program of studies might be undertaken.

Suggested Citation

David, Paul A. and den Besten, Matthijs L. and Schroeder, Ralph, Will e-Science Be Open Science? (December 14, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1317390 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1317390

Paul A. David

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Ralph Schroeder

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