I’m leery about the whole idea of “science communication”. While science communicators generally present themselves as educators, a lot of science communication is at least as much concerned with fostering favourable public attitudes to the quite particular private interests of professional scientists who want more funding for certain types of research, of political organisations who…
Tensions over the idea of open science will only resolve themselves when an ‘open’ model of science abandons the idea of authoritative research statements as represented by the ‘scientific paper’ altogether.
The Science Media Centre has been accused of using science as a front for public relations campaigns in the service of political and corporate interests. Is such criticism fair?
Science as a Public Enterprise (SAPE) is an initiative of the Royal Society. They’ve called for evidence on how open scientific data can support public values. I’m publishing my draft replies here before submitting them to the RS.