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  • Re: Bionet controversial topic #7: What a biomechanics datarepository should contain in order to be valuable?

    It is a very good point, indeed. We may try to use technology to reduce
    the level of personal commitement (read time wasted) of each member, but
    the problem remains. I am not so sure that our community is the opposite
    of what we need, I hope you are wrong.

    A note: it is interesting that to discuss on the voluntary effort of our
    field, we use BIOMCH-L which is totally based on a small group of
    volunteers that do it just for (not enough) kudos. So, let us do it once
    again: Kudos to all you moderating BIOMCH-L. We are really in debt with


    >Marco Viceconti wrote:
    > > ...
    > > Using again Paul Ostic words we have a grand,
    > > and perhaps naive vision. Is
    > > it too grand? Is it too naive? Or is this the
    > > Grand Challenge that would
    > > provide a quantum leap to biomechanics research?
    > >
    > > Considering that this would be a life-long endeavour,
    > > once again the
    > > opinion of young fellows, the only ones who may have
    > > the chance to see it
    > > done, is particularly welcome.
    > >
    >Though not being a young fellow, just a not so
    >old technical assistant, I'd like to contribute
    >my two euro-cents...
    >Your global repository is an idea spinning around
    >in my head for years now. I really do think your
    >vision of a global repository is _the_ Grand Challenge
    >for the biomechanics community.
    >And that's exactly the problem: You will need a
    >special kind of community to get it started, and,
    >what is even more vital, to keep the project running.
    >I don't see this kind of community. Even worse: The
    >scientific community of our area is kind of the
    >opposite of what's needed.
    >The more or less social problems regarding the
    >process of keeping an open repository project
    >alive have been discussed quite detailed by
    >the now so called Open Source scene. Especially
    >"The Cathedral and the Bazaar" by Eric S. Raymond
    >has spawned a tremendous amount of critics and
    >critics of critics.
    >To summarize it very abridged: You'll need a
    >"charismatic" leader to gather people around
    >him, and you need lots of people being concerned
    >with the theme in a very personal way. While
    >these prerequesites may eventually be feasible
    >in parts of our community, the consequence will not:
    >People get paid in kudos, not in citation indices
    >or anything else, what would be of any worth in
    >the official evaluation of their work.
    >It's a pity, but I fear, it's like that,
    > Rainer
    >Rainer Goellner
    >IfADo (that's: Institute for occupational health)
    >Dortmund, Germany
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