A Public Library of Education

Toward the end of his new book “Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder” (Times Books), David Weinberger, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto,” discusses The Public Library of Science, a research resource started by editors at peer reviewed journals who wanted to put more research into the public domain. One of its project is PLoS ONE, which sends out research papers in advance of publication. Anyone interested can debate them and post their comments online. A peer review process has already determined that these papers are good science, no matter how “important” it’s deemed.
As Weinberger points out, “knowledge comes in gradations and varieties. Some knowledge is reliable and important, but just not interesting enough for the top journals, so it shows up elsewhere. Some knowledge is unpublished but worth reading and discussing.”
PLos ONE offers a dissemination model for other organizations to consider. What a refreshing and powerful difference in perspective from the binary choice offered in the phrase “What Works.”


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