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Interdisciplinarity: the mutual adjustment of concept and indicator
December 8, 2016
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In their recently released report, Digital Science describe and assess the relationship between a range of candidate indicators for interdisciplinarity. Their objective is to assess the consistency between the indicators and attempt to discern a front runner in this race. Ultimately, though, they conclude that the indicators produce inconsistent findings, and finish with some remarks […]
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The pressures to guide science
October 17, 2016
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“Saving Science,” the (still relatively) new article from Daniel Sarewitz published in The New Atlantis, has been getting a lot of attention in the science and science policy communities, and for good reason: the point that he’s making is one that’s very important right now in a context of government budgetary constraints and heightened scrutiny […]
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Expert advice on experts giving advice
July 8, 2016
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Subject-matter experts are often called upon (or at least in a position) to provide their considered opinion on a matter of public policy. While the lab, the classroom and conference table are all terra cognita for a researcher, the halls of legislative and executive buildings are usually less familiar haunts. Accordingly, some time can be […]
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The mucky business of evidence-based policymaking
June 27, 2016
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In his recent op-ed, James Gover argues that the US federal government doesn’t have the information it needs to respond effectively to current issues such as healthcare, education and income inequality, and is failing to foresee the issues that are coming down the pike. He also notes that even in cases where high-quality information has […]
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Negotiations at the science–policy interface
June 13, 2016
In the lead-up to the last Canadian federal election, a lot of attention in the science policy community was dedicated to addressing the freedom of scientists to speak: the muzzling issue. In short, without the freedom to share results, analyses and conclusions, federal government scientists had no reasonable hope of having their work put the […]
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Taxonomy, objectivity and expectation
June 6, 2016
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Measuring interdisciplinarity relies on objective taxonomies of science, but how does science policy influence this perceived objectivity and how can acknowledging this influence improve the construction of taxonomies?