FOR THE PAST two years, researchers at Northwestern University have been analyzing the habits of tens of thousands of scientists—using Dropbox. Looking at data about academics’ folder-sharing habits, they found the most successful scientists share some collaboration behaviors in common. And on Friday, they published their results in an article for the Harvard Business Review.
Another ‘good’ story about digital data, privacy and consent. If we were on the reviewing research ethics committee we would have lots of questions about anonymisation. Especially with regard to identifying information within text and that’s without even thinking about identification by inference and internal identification (even if we are only talking about the research team having access to the data). And then there’s IP…