If you're going to do good science, release the computer code too
Feb 11, 2010, 18:33 (20 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Darrel Ince)
"One of the spinoffs from the emails and documents that were
leaked from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East
Anglia is the light that was shone on the role of program code in
climate research. There is a particularly revealing set of "README"
documents that were produced by a programmer at UEA apparently
known as "Harry". The documents indicate someone struggling with
undocumented, baroque code and missing data â€" this,
in something which forms part of one of the three major climate
databases used by researchers throughout the world.
"Many climate scientists have refused to publish their computer
programs. I suggest is that this is both unscientific behaviour
and, equally importantly, ignores a major problem: that scientific
software has got a poor reputation for error."