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Below are a couple of though provoking essays. Needless to say, they do not necessarily represent my opinions, just that it is a matter that the producers and consumers of paleontological research have to deal with in their lives. Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu Sarah Bond, Forbes, #WhoaScience, January 23, 2017 http://www.forbes.com/sites/drsarahbond/2017/01/23/dear-scholars-delete-your-account-at-academia-edu/ A response to the above article is: Who Isn’t Profiting Off the Backs of Researchers? Jon Tennant, The Crux, February 1, 2017 http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2017/02/01/who-isnt-profiting-off-the-backs-of-researchers/ Green Tea and Velociraptors, Jon Tennant (Papers on open access and vertebrate paleontology) https://tinyurl.com/jogxpel Yours, Paul H. "And some rin up hill and down dale, Knapping the chunky stanes to pieces wi’ hammers, Like sae many road makers run daft. They say it is to see how the warld was made." Sir Walter Scott, St. Ronan’s Well. 1824
TNCollector posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionHello all, as few of you know, my background is in programming, and I wish to use those skills to benefit paleontology and TFF as best I can. Paleontology as a scientific field was begun by amateur collectors, who were merely interested in the world and curious about its past. Those days still continue, but I believe that in this age of information and knowledge, it is important to unleash our potential, and have a place for all amateurs to publish their findings, scientific thoughts and hypotheses, and share with the world the knowledge they have gained, so that everyone can have a part of it. My idea is to create a website and database where amateurs can write formal papers or simply document their discoveries on things they have found. The site would be accessible for free, and by anybody. Of course, there would be a few guidelines, such as: the paper must be in the correct format, the work should not be obvious, and any hypotheses/conclusions should be based upon observable evidence. Papers documenting your finds, or a description of a new collecting site, or things you hypothesize about creature A based off of feature X seen on specimen D collected at site C, etc. This information is widely available here on The Fossil Forum, that is why I and many others love this place so much, but the site I am speaking of will be for everyone to contribute to, for free. It would basically be a large knowledge database, which I believe has potential for the scientific community. As this site would not require papers to be peer-reviewed, information published there would not necessarily be accurate or purely scientific, however that is a risk taken with all sites like this (Wikipedia for example), but these sites can still be very valuable to the scientific community. It is citizen science. My first question is this: Who anyone be interested? Second: Because I am making this free, and because databases and websites both cost money, I would love to have some donations to pay for the setup/continued upkeep of the site. I am thinking that initial setup would cost somewhere between $50 and $100, and upkeep cost would depend on site traffic, so I cannot guess that cost right now. Also of course, TFF would be sponsored on the site if it wishes. Edit: Added a poll