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Monday, February 18, 2008

Stimulating work on the grand challenges of engineering

The US National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 Grand Challenges for Engineeering in the 21st century (February 15, 2008).  Thanks to John Daly for the alert and this summary:

Comment.  The idea is clearly to stimulate work on these challenges, which I applaud.  Another, entirely compatible way to stimulate work on the same challenges is to ensure OA to the relevant literature and data.  The NAE could help this cause by calling for OA in engineering, by documenting the connection between OA and research productivity, and by endorsing the principle that the more knowledge matters, the more open access to that knowledge matters.