The number of open-access journals and publications is growing rapidly. These publications can be viewed and assessed by a wider audience, allowing for a broader and more rapid spread of the research. Open-access publishing operates in the same manner as a traditional journal, except that the cost of publishing is covered by the author or a funding body. Once a publication is accepted, it becomes available for free online. A lot of offshore renewable energy research is undertaken by small companies with limited budgets, and just like in the case of open-source software, having free resources can have a huge impact.
It turns out that when scientists collaborate internationally, they are more like to have an impact on science than purely domestic collaborations.
Check out this really interesting story from NPR on international reseach collaboration:
Fantastic article in Scientific American this month (October 2013):
(In the magazine it’s titled ‘Crossroads of Invention’.)
Among other things, it points out that the conventional paradigm of R&D by big corporations taking a technology from its infancy to market is failing. And venture capitalists and other big private funding sources are not picking up the slack. A new model is taking its place: innovation is becoming distributed between diverse individuals and groups and new research collaborations of industry, academia, and government are forming. Eric Von Hippel of MIT describes this as Democratizing Innovation.
The emerging model could not be more appropriate for the offshore renewable energy (ORE) industry. It is very difficult to find private funding or get large engineering firms to commit. The field of ORE is incredibly new and diverse and the analysis of each aspect requires intense specialization and expertise. The only way we’re going to get this to work is by working together!
This is what INORE and OpenORE are all about!