WikiLeaking Leaks into Science

I have an on-going interest (as well as a stake) in how academia will advance in the digital world, where new capabilities afforded by technology force us to question the way we currently produce and distribute research works. Particular problems that have already been highlighted involve journals. One of these is the idea of the ... more


The Catalyst Effect in FLOSS Repositories

In the course of my PhD studies, I proposed that when a project makes a transition from one repository to another, you could expect to see significant changes to a project's evolutionary characteristics. Indeed, I covered this in earlier posts, discussing the transition from SourceForge to Debian. Here, we saw that the number of developers ... more


A Glimpse of the Academic Future?

Is this the future of how academic publications will be evaluated in the future? A technical solution powered by open access and spontaneous collaborative efforts, which reduces the focus from the containing journal/proceedings down to the more important thing: the article itself. Could this approach even remove the need for a journal in the ... more


Techniques for Selection

As we have seen before, this figure shows the stages of a typical approach to a post-hoc study of FLOSS, like a digital archaeologist. The figure shows a series of stages, each of which includes some number of steps, and yields some outcomes. Each outcome may or may not feed into the following stage. In ... more