In one of my recent posts, I made passing mention of “increasing research productivity” at universities. This is a pretty vague concept, and touches upon a often misunderstood topic: How Universities Work. This post is likely to paint only a partial picture, but I’ve seen that it can sometimes be downright confusing to outsiders, so it bears writing up.
The venerable master Qc Na was walking with his student, Anton. Hoping to prompt the master into a discussion, Anton said "Master, I have heard that objects are a very good thing - is this true?" Qc Na looked pityingly at his student and replied, "Foolish pupil - objects are merely a poor man's closures."
Chastised, Anton took his leave from his master and returned to his cell, intent on studying closures. He carefully read the entire "Lambda: The Ultimate..." series of papers and its cousins, and implemented a small Scheme interpreter with a closure-based object system. He learned much, and looked forward to informing his master of his progress.
On his next walk with Qc Na, Anton attempted to impress his master by saying "Master, I have diligently studied the matter, and now understand that objects are truly a poor man's closures." Qc Na responded by hitting Anton with his stick, saying "When will you learn? Closures are a poor man's object." At that moment, Anton became enlightened.
Anonymity of data is an exception governed by very specific rules -- the use of proprietary data in research, for example; or voluntarily disclosed data governed by the rules of research ethics (e.g. patient data). Neither of these apply to the red-meat study.
Academia exists to discover and disseminate. Exceptions to this should be rare (please, no puns...)
- Stellenbosch UniversitySenior Lecturer, 2001 - present
- Stellenbosch UniversityBEng(E&E), 1994 - 1997
- Stellenbosch UniversityMScEng(E&E), PhD, 1998 - 2004
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