Interestedness in Open Science
Merton's Ethos of Science and Biohacking
- To be clear, I don't want to argue here that scientists, whether open or not, should not make money out of the knowledge they produced. But I do think that scientists should finally stop to found what they do on norms that might have made sense to spell out during WWII, but do not have anything to do with how science works nowadays. Interestedness might be problematic at some point, but it is the reality of scientific knowledge production and the open science movement could take the chance to acknowledge this instead of hiding it behind some norm.
- This topic is related to a general shift that has been or still is taking place in the scientific system. Namely a shift towards a more or less immediate applicability of the knowledge produced in science and an increased commercialization of science. This is for example described in the concept of 'Mode 2 Science' by Nowotny, Scott and Gibbons, where they show that science is increasingly organized according to societal problems rather than disciplines (trans-disciplinarity).