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Paralysis by analysis


Data-driven management risks commercially controlled, sterile science, says Ulrich Herb

The notion of science and big data usually conjures images of researchers using cutting-edge tools to understand the present and predict the future. But science and scientists are becoming the subjects of big data, as well as its users.

Several companies have created operating systems of integrated apps that record the actions and performance of scientists. This is done in the name of efficiency and convenience, but it also risks a data-driven concept of research evaluation that may bring unintended consequences.

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