Harvard University to become a beacon for open access

In a memorandum, the Harvard University Faculty Advisory Council has warned that the universitys library can no longer afford the subscription rates for scientific journals from major publishing houses. As a consequence, the university is encouraging its scientists to move towards the free publication of the universitys prestigious research results in line with the “open access” model.

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The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete

The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete

“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”
So proclaimed statistician George Box 30 years ago, and he was right. But what choice did we have? Only models, from cosmological equations to theories of human behavior, seemed to be able to consistently, if imperfectly, explain the world around us. Until now. Today companies like Google, which have grown up in an era of massively abundant data, don’t have to settle for wrong models. Indeed, they don’t have to settle for models at all.