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Researchers Warn That Social Media May Be 'Fundamentally at Odds' With Science

A special set of editorials published in today's issue of the journal Science argue that social media in its current form may well be fundamentally broken for the purposes of presenting and disseminating facts and reason. The algorithms are running the show now, they argue, and the systems priorities are unfortunately backwards: "Rules of scientific discourse and the systematic, objective, and transparent evaluation of evidence are fundamentally at odds with the realities of debates in most online spaces." This produces what the authors call "homophilic self-sorting" -- the ones who are shown this content are the ones who are already familiar with it. In other words, they're preaching to the choir.

Developers Simple read

Decades of Research: the Story of How mRNA Vaccines Were Developed

The stunning Covid vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna drew upon long-buried discoveries made in the hopes of ending past epidemics. Even as the Omicron variant fuels a new wave of the pandemic, the vaccines have proved remarkably resilient at defending against severe illness and death. And the manufacturers, Pfizer, BioNTech and Moderna, say that mRNA technology will allow them to adapt the vaccines quickly, to fend off whatever dangerous new version of the virus that evolution brings next.

[Advanced] University Partnership Playbook

This is a book of strategies and tactical plays, written by practitioners, for practitioners. It is designed to help innovators develop more effective approaches to benefitting from early stage university research.

[Advanced] How Contextual Integrity can help us with Research Ethics in Pervasive Data

The growth of research projects relying on pervasive data — big datasets about people’s lives and activities that can be collected without them knowing — are testing the ethical frameworks and assumptions traditionally used by researchers and ethical review boards to ensure adequate protection of human subjects.

Data portability and services incubator (DAPSI)

DAPSI goal is to make significantly easier for citizens to have any data which is stored with one service provider transmitted directly to another provider, addressing the challenge of personal data portability on the internet as foreseen under the GDPR.

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Developers Advanced read

Data Collection Research Grant 2021

If you are planning on carrying out innovative and impactful research in the 2021-2022 academic year then apply for the new SurveyCTO Data Collection Research Grant: This grant is available to research graduates from all across the world. Your application will be assessed on the potential impact of your research, whether you are taking an innovative approach to data collection, and the feasibility of your study.

PhD research about the MyData Community

I am currently conducting a vanilla PhD research about the MyData community based on the interview material at the University of Helsinki and I wonder if I could gain access to some of the existing data the community has already produced?

Open Humans

Explore, analyze, and donate your data – doing research together!