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Mozilla Launches ScienceLab To Help Researchers Use The Open Web To Shape Science’s Future

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Mozilla today launched a new initiative that’s a bit different from the usual standards-based web projects the organization is usually involved in. Mozilla’s ScienceLab, which will be led by open science advocate Kaitlin Thaney and Software Carpentry founder Greg Wilson, wants to do nothing less than “help researchers around the world use the open web to shape science’s future.” The project is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

“Scientists created the web — but the open web still hasn’t transformed scientific practice to the same extent we’ve seen in other areas like media, education and business,” Mozilla’s Mark Surman argues.

The academic credit system (think “publish or perish”) is, after all, still completely rooted in the idea that the only way to disseminate knowledge is through “papers” (and preferably papers in a “high-impact journal“). Mozilla rightfully believes that the result of this is that “researchers…

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