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Summer Research Project - UQ 2010
Expressed as a linear sequence it is often represented as:
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This sounds and looks nice and logical. But it misses much of the real process. Science is not a linear process - it doesn’t have to start with an observation or a question, and it often does not even involve experiments. Practicing the scientific methods involves using multiple types of research toward investigating phenomena, including experimentation, description, comparison, and modeling. Some scientific investigations employ one of these methods, but many involve multiple methods, or some studies may even have characteristics of more than one method. Results from one research study may lead in directions not originally anticipated, or even in multiple directions as different scientists pursue areas of interest to them.
The key aspect of open science is that this work done such that the methodology, procedures, and data that emerge from these practices are openly shared so that anyone can follow, reproduce or modify your work. Modifying your work isn't cheating or theft, it's progress.