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Tilting at the NSF windmill

July 13th, 2009

Colleagues – one of my blog entries at Nature seems to have hit a nerve – been zinging around the “twittersphere” and I’ve received a number of responses in private not just commiserating, but agreeing with the major points.  I want to make it clear that this is solely my own opinion, and it has not been carefully researched, but given that so many US Semantic Web researchers have shared the frustration that I express here, I thought I’d share it on planetRDF as well  (Europeans, believe it or not, on this side of the ocean it is hard to get funding for Semantic Web research – you have no idea how lucky you are!)

-Jim H

from blog entry: “Why NSF cannot fund high-risk, high-reward research”

I just got turned down for a grant. That’s nothing new, you win some and you lose some, and every senior professor has gotten used to that over time. This time, however, I cannot find it in myself to just say “oh well” and let it go at that. This time, I think I need to go public, because I think what happened shows an endemic problem with the US National Science Foundation and, I hope, points out some things they could do to fix it.

Click here for the blog entry at Nature.com

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