Doing Science 4.0: Part 1. What is Science 4.0?

This is the first in a series in which I investigate what Science 4.0 is and whether this really does offer us a new way of doing science. So first of all what is Science 4.0? Perhaps this can be answered by understanding what Science 2.0 (R) is (Science 2.0 is a term trademarked by Hank Campbell).  Turning firstly to the repository of online knowledge – Wikipedia – at the time of writing Science 2.0 (R) is described primarily as a way of communicating. Wikipedia has developed editing guidelines which help the reader to assess the quality of the articles. At the time of writing the article on Science 2.0 is described as having ‘multiple issues’ including a dispute of the article’s ‘neutrality’. Bearing this in mind, I had a look through the article to examine the themes that came up. The themes included the following

– The use of Web 2.0 technologies

– Creating digitised conversations which contextualise data

– Creating an open culture through the open science movement (open data, open source, open access)

– Making information available in new ways

– Facilitating cooperation between groups

– Collaborative rather than individual publishing

– Involving large rather than small groups of specialists to solve problems

– An ongoing and open review process

– Software can be used to facilitate data analysis

– Data driven science rather than hypothesis driven science

The themes can be described as a combination of values and processes. However there is no obviously unifying philosophy that I could identify. This perhaps reflects more on the article than Science 2.0 (R). The Wikipedia article also looks at some of the challenges faced by Science 2.0 (R) and these include

– Getting things noticed

– The complexities of producing open data

– The licensing of open data

– The focus on the technology rather than the people

– Finding the right information

– Trusting the open science platform

– The problems associated with publishing incomplete data

– Quality

These difficulties also help in defining the concept of Science 4.0. However a better understanding of Science 4.0 could result from a careful consideration of Science itself and also of the philosophy of science.

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