Why Scientists Don’t Share Data

There is sort of a cargo cult capitalist-influenced idea that the more science is competitive about money the better it works. So there is a sort of winner-takes-all system in grant agencies – and in turn there is more shameless plagiarism from marginal cases than you’d want or expect. Even unambitious me was victim to it once. In practice, everybody wants open science for everybody else, but strict embargos on their own stuff.

Forbes has an article about it.

It’s complicated. The institutional inertia of the established scientific community strongly favors researchers who go along with the data-hoarding norms.

I don’t think this is a good thing, but the idea that it is some special postnormal flaw in climatology is either uninformed or vicious.

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