"On 10 April, astrophysicists announced that they had captured the 1st ever image of a #blackhole.
Just 5 days later, the NSF rejected a grant to support that ecosystem, saying that the software lacked sufficient impact.
#opensource is widely acknowledged as crucially important in science, yet it is funded non-sustainably."
@josemurilo Uh oh, this reminds me that I need to stop watching Seinfeld reruns and get back to work on this literature survey about organizational capacity for data curation... A good & interesting article, though.
@josemurilo Matplotlib has been used for the final image?? 😂
@aminb IMO we should use the term "Libre Software" to make sure the correct meaning of "free" is conveyed. Otherwise in English people tend to think of the well-used term "freeware" with the "gratis" meaning, which is thought of as crappy, ad-supported, or possibly-malware software.
I've heard the objection that English-speakers don't know what "libre" means, but I think that's either an exaggeration or that people would quickly learn the meaning if the term gets used.
@aminb @josemurilo @leadore Yeah, I'm trying to think back to the actual instances, but I know I've heard non-technical (in a narrow sense, they're probably super-technical in other ways) people use the term "open source" literally as a synonym for free-of-charge or shared, for non-digital, non-conceptual actual objects--like they said something like, "oh, these books/bicycles/condoms/etc. are open source."
@pizza_pal @aminb @josemurilo @leadore I've heard it used a few times like that, the connotation generally being that it's about some type of material good that's kinda socially conscious, positive for people's well-being or whatever. I was bemused, but I'm usually not pedantic enough to correct people--unless they're interested in that kind of thing. I do a good RMS impression tho.
Sad fact, but i'm not surprised. Why would externalization of costs (by using open source and not supporting it) work any better in science than in running critical internet infrastructure?
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