Science and Society

New Zealand’s recent bibliometric productivity - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Oct 02, 2009

As discussed in an earlier post, there are a number of sources for bibliometric data. Scimago Journal and Country Rank is a freely accessible bibliometric analysis site developed by a Spanish research group using Elsevier’s Scopus bibliometric database, which holds country and journal summary information. For example, there is a New Zealand summary statistic page … Read More

Any scientists worthy of a Welly? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 02, 2009

Applications for the Wellys, or the Wellingtonian of the Year award, an annual competition run by the Dominion Post, close on Sunday so time is running out to nominate someone you think has done the region a lot of good in the past year. Past overall winners have included Peter Jackson, Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie and last year, … Read More

2degrees? - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Sep 30, 2009

A new mobile phone network called “2degrees” was launched in New Zealand earlier this year. As explained in their advertising campaign (fronted by the excellent Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords), their name alludes to the (alleged) two degrees of separation between New Zealanders as opposed to the six degrees that separate the rest of the world. The idea … Read More

Scientists can’t write? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Sep 30, 2009

Currently I'm reading sections of Investigating science communication in the information age: implications for public engagement and popular media. In chapter 4.1, Making science newsworthy: exploring the conventions of science journalism, Stuart Allan cites journalist W. T. Stead who wrote in 1906 (see page  152): In editing a newspaper, never employ an expert to write a popular article on his own subject, better … Read More

Climate change policy myopia: the ETS agreement - Degrees of Change

Andy Reisinger Sep 29, 2009

This is a re-post of an article that appeared in the Dominion Post on 18 September, co-authored with Ralph Chapman, Judy Lawrence and Jonathan Boston.  — The deal between National and the Maori party over the emission trading scheme raises serious questions about strategic policy making in New Zealand. The agreement has positive features — a … Read More

Networks of inventors - A Measure of Science

Shaun Hendy Sep 28, 2009

Over the last six months I’ve been studying an OECD patent database with a research assistant, Catriona Sissons. The goal of our project is to study the economic geography of innovation in a quantitative manner. One of the things we have investigated is whether collaborative networks form between inventors through co-patenting. To find co-patents between inventors we use European Patent … Read More

Skeptics hammer 1080 documentary - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Sep 28, 2009

The Skeptics Society conference held in Wellington over the weekend was a fascinating affair that left me pleasantly surprised. I had feared a series of slightly smug, self-serving lectures lambasting religion and anything else not explained conclusively by scientific fact. What I experienced was a room full of incredibly intelligent and open-minded people discussing some of the big … Read More