Open scientific code

Today, scientists who write and release code often get little recognition for their work. Someone who has created a terrific open source software program that’s used by thousands of other scientists is likely to get little credit from peers. “It’s just software” is the response many scientists have to such work. From a career point of view, the author of the code would have been better off spending their time writing a few minor papers that no one reads. This is crazy: a lot of scientific knowledge is far better expressed as code than in the form of a scientific paper.

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science
by Michael Nielsen

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