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Public Science 2.0—Back to the Future

Science  04 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6154, pp. 49-50
DOI: 10.1126/science.1245848

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There is no denying that the way in which science operates and is communicated both internally and externally is undergoing a fundamental change. Digitization is enabling greater communication and collaboration among experts as well as between experts and lay people, providing opportunities for lay people to become citizen scientists. Yet these upheavals in research and communication processes—referred to by some as Public Science 2.0—are not completely new phenomena. In some ways, science is returning to a relationship with the public that was the norm in earlier times.