In 2016, the Open Access Journal Open Archaeology has produced a collection of topical articles on the status of metal-detecting for other than scientific reasons in different European countries.
Undiscovered archeaological sites are constantly being destroyed by climate change and modern agriculture. Activity of non-professional metal detectorists may be the only chance for us to find some of these places. However, academics raise concerns that where no effort is made to record data in a scientific manner, hobbyist exploration means an inevitable loss of information about the past. How should professionals treat hobbyist researchers? I am glad to present an interview with Suzie Thomas, one of the coordinating editors of Open Archaeology’s Topical Issue on Aspects of non-professional metal detecting in Europe. The topical issue of Open Archaeology was […]
In the open access week, Milena Dobreva* looks at some participatory approaches facilitating research. How does the renewed interest in citizen science change the traditional academic landscape? Once upon a time, research was about continuity and the expansion of ideas of the previous generations of scholars. Sir Isaac Newton stated humbly, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants”. The research landscape of today is one of growing complexity – the big scale of data requires new approaches and methodologies. In addition to this, the information overflow poses great challenges in identifying […]
Today starts the Open Access Week 2016, themed this year as”Open in Action”. On this occasion I want to show how real examples of open research may influence public debate, and help us to take actions aimed at solving important public issues. When discussing the importance of open access to academic research, openness advocates often mention greater impact on public debate and policy making. This sounds reasonable. If open access research is available to all, it means that it might also be easily reached by activists, journalists, bloggers and members of bottom-up movements. Open access research is therefore more likely […]
25 years ago, a young unknown programmer wrote on a niche discussion group that he had been working for some time on a new, free operation system. He claimed that he was doing it “just for a hobby”, and it wiould be “nothing professional”. This message was addressed to a Usenet group of Minix developers. Now, after the quatter of century, few people remember about the existence of Usenet, an on-line discussion system, an ancestor of Internet forums. Almost nobody know what Minix is as well. But the “hobby” mentioned in the message became a passion and a profession for […]
Academic researchers tend to be extremely overworked, even when they focus “only” on publishing their articles in the best possible journals. Very often I hear from them that they are too busy to write blogs. Yet, in my opinion, making research open on every stage should not be seen as additional work. When analysing the output of De Gruyter Open Author Survey I was continuously writing partial updates here on the blog. At the very beginning I published a complete dataset and some R code before publication of the report from the research. In consequence, I think I can say […]