Commercialising Public Research: New Trends and Strategies

Unattributed, Dec 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This report from OECD looks at the phenomenon of commercializing public research. While some argue that commercialization represents a drift away from educational insitutions' core values, and others argue that public investments ought to be returned directly to the public, there is no denying that the trend toward commercialization of public research has taken hold, for better or worse. Drivers need the push for national competetiveness, the demand for public research accountability, the cost of scientific research, and even the trend toward open access to reserach data and innovation. So what does it look like? That's what this report answers. Reading through it, I would say it's a pretty accurate description of what's happening, at least when viewed from this researcher's perspective.

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