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Science and Social Media News: Nature comments and Wikipedia books

  • Content rules: Nature opens up content for comments and discussions.

‘Conversation is king’, according to a mantra frequently repeated by enthusiasts of online social media. But we editors and writers tend to give our first allegiance to content — not least because of our labours to research, commission, select, create and otherwise add value to content, and to do so in a way that informs and stimulates our readers: the people who pay for it.

But, unquestionably, conversation can add value to such efforts. Therefore, this week we introduce an online commenting facility that will allow readers to respond directly to any of our content.

Existing metrics have known flaws
A reliable, open, joined-up data infrastructure is needed
Data should be collected on the full range of scientists’ work
Social scientists and economists should be involved

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