Motivation

HOW AND WHY ASSURED SCIENCE WAS FOUNDED

HOW AND WHY ASSURED SCIENCE WAS FOUNDED

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1: The Turn, away from the traditional system

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A first-hand, inside-out account of how the traditional system changed over the last 15 years and how it affected a scientist and his science.
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2: The Move, toward developing a new system

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Knowledge from success and failure within the traditional system provides the framework for developing the new system for scientific research.
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3: Overview of the traditional system

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It is a paradox that the traditional system aims to capture groundbreaking researchers and projects that rarely depend on it but poorly serves the vast majority of them that critically depend on it.
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4: Funding problems in the traditional system

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At least another 50-60% of research projects could be funded and the grant selection process impedes progress.
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5: Mechanism problems in the traditional system

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The way grants are selected for funding is highly inefficient at many levels, induces scientists to use gaming strategies, and tends to exclude scientists who are also very valuable to science.
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6: Data problems in the traditional system

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The majority of data are too idiosyncratic, incomplete, un-validated, un-integrated, incoherent, and unwieldy to foster efficient and rapid progress.
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7: Clues used in designing the new system for research

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The task was to create a satellite system that would work in the most democratic, efficient, inclusive, versatile, and vibrant manner possible for generations to come.
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