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Proto-forking is the past, apparently

January 29, 2012

Via the awesome Bethany Nowviskie, a fascinating 1990 article by Steven Harnad about “Scholarly Skywriting” seems to anticipate the forking strand of dig hum:

On the brink of intellectual perestroika is that vast PREPUBLICATION phase of scientific inquiry in which ideas and findings are discussed informally with colleagues (currently in person, by phone and by regular mail), presented more formally in seminars, conferences and symposia, and distributed still more widely in the form of preprints and tech reports that have undergone various degrees of peer review.

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