OK, so now everybody can see this blog. I saw that the “by invitation” approach forced people to get a Gmail account, and that’s a small hassle. Further, the RSS feed and posting to the blog from Google Docs did not work.
So I had to overcome the dread of overmuch publicity and publish the blog for all to see.
The basic problem is that the law in the US allows patenting of drugs that differ very little from existing drugs. Most effort in patenting new drugs goes to such minor “innovations”.
The GAO report can be downloaded in PDF format.
Why write a blog for just a few intimates? Doesn’t it defeat the purpose of blogs and the web?
Well, I am just taking advantage of the free blogger service from Google, so I can easily share with you all the stuff I think interesting from my web excursions. I know MM, for one, would like this, as I can serve as a filter of the immense ocean of the web for her. Why not for some more people then? If you’re reading this, drop a comment below to let me know just how silly the whole thing is, or not.
“Despite enthusiasm for the concept, open peer review was not widely popular, either among authors or by scientists invited to comment.”
It’s too bad, as a lot of people, myself included, had high hopes for this experiment.
The conclusion, from the article:
“Despite the significant interest in the trial, only a small proportion of authors opted to participate. There was a significant level of expressed interest in open peer review among those authors who opted to post their manuscripts openly and who responded after the event, in contrast to the views of the editors. A small majority of those authors who did participate received comments, but typically very few, despite significant web traffic. Most comments were not technically substantive. Feedback suggests that there is a marked reluctance among researchers to offer open comments.
Nature and its publishers will continue to explore participative uses of the web. But for now at least, we will not implement open peer review.”
This delightful parody brought to you by kottke.org remaindered links.
Cheap wordplay on Descartes and my initials. OK, very cheap. At least it’s not the “Singonomist”, a name I had toyed with in the past.
Without a first post, the empty-page bug bites.
Hurray! Now the blog has started officially. Only a few invited people can see it for now, probably for the better. I’ll probably put in here all sorts of things I find interesting in my daily web peregrinations.