Nature launches new data journal

Nature Publishing Group is launching a new data journal called “Scientific Data”. The editorial announcement in nature invites submissions of “data descriptors” to the journal, which are described as: Data Descriptor articles are fully fledged, peer-reviewed scientific publications, and will be listed in major indexing services, thereby giving authors the credit they deserve for sharing…

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Trust and trustability

Figure: A classic Blackadder episode on a not completely unrelated subject I’m shamelessly abusing the aftermath of the Stapel affair as an excuse to paint the beginning of this post in novelette colors. Admittedly, the case doesn’t exactly recommend itself for jokes, but the temptation was too great after noting that the combined final reports…

To Higgs or not to Higgs – and who owns the information?

Science news and the blogosphere are buzzing since Peter Woit, a mathematician at Columbia who is running a quite popular, alas somewhat controversial blog about particle physics, announced 4 days ago that: Reliable rumors couldn’t wait, and they indicate that the experiments are seeing much the same thing as last year in this year’s new…