The new code of science

Nature has published a brief article, Data Sharing: the next generation, questioning why so many data sets are locked up when they could be manipulated and analyzed by other people, and references sites like Swivel and IBM's Many Eyes, which propose to give people the power to do just that.

Those of you interested in shared science might also be interested in the work of Harvard Business School professor Karim Lakhani, and in particular this Working Knowledge article on "broadcast search," which I mention here. Professor Lakhani points out that innovation happens between disciplines and that making problems known can lead - and has led - to unexpected answers.

BusinessWeek also has more on new efforts to open source science.