Posts Tagged: philosophy of science

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Data mining for policymaking
July 26, 2017
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Throughout 2015 and 2016, we at Science-Metrix worked on a project for the European Commission that focused on data mining and big data analytics in the context of policymaking, specifically research & innovation policy. While carrying out this work, we learned some fascinating and valuable things, and so rather than leave all that knowledge locked […]
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Policy: whose problem is it anyway?
March 14, 2017
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In January, Sir Peter Gluckman—Chief Science Advisor to the PM of New Zealand, and global point man for science advice to government—gave the inaugural address at the Canadian Science Policy Centre lecture series. The discussion covered a lot of important points of difficulty for science and governance—and science in governance—that are emerging in the 21st […]
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Committee Outsiders: a quick win
March 7, 2017
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In a previous post on the need to “operationalize” policy questions into a format suitable for empirical research, I ended with a call to action for the community of academic historians and philosophers of science to come down from our ivory towers, roll up our sleeves, and apply our skills to mediate negotiations taking place […]
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Capturing imaginations, not wallets and podiums
February 28, 2017
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The notion of capture—when one group in a partnership is allowed “home-field advantage”—is helpful in understanding some hurdles to successful collaboration across disciplinary and sectoral boundaries. Last week, I outlined how sectoral capture undermines the very notion of transdisciplinary research. In this week’s installment of the capture series, I’ll talk about how sectoral capture is […]
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Transdisciplinary research: a recipe for sectoral capture
February 21, 2017
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Now that I’ve put pen to paper and presented the notion of sectoral capture, I can finally put it to use! In this post, I’ll be exploring how sectoral capture is not only a huge risk in transdisciplinary research, but is actually embedded in the very definition of transdisciplinary research itself, calling for us to […]
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Flagging problems of capture
February 14, 2017
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The notion of disciplinary capture is a very useful conceptual tool, introduced in slightly different contexts: Brister (2016) in relation to the dynamics within interdisciplinary teams, and Frodeman, Briggle & Holbrook (2012) as well as Briggle and Frodeman (2016) in relation to the way that departmental and other academic structures influence the direction of philosophical […]
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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 […]