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Shining Light into Black Boxes
Science (2012)
  • A. Morin
  • Jennifer M. Urban, Berkeley Law
  • P. D. Adams
  • I. Foster
  • A. Sali
  • D. Baker
  • P. Sliz
Abstract

The publication and open exchange of knowledge and material form the backbone of scientific progress and reproducibility and are obligatory for publicly funded research. Despite increasing reliance on computing in every domain of scientific endeavor, the computer source code critical to understanding and evaluating computer programs is commonly withheld, effectively rendering these programs “black boxes” in the research work flow. Exempting from basic publication and disclosure standards such a ubiquitous category of research tool carries substantial negative consequences. Eliminating this disparity will require concerted policy action by funding agencies and journal publishers, as well as changes in the way research institutions receiving public funds manage their intellectual property (IP).

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Publication Date
April, 2012
Citation Information
A. Morin, Jennifer M. Urban, P. D. Adams, I. Foster, et al.. "Shining Light into Black Boxes" Science Vol. 336 Iss. 6078 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jennifer_urban/28/