Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wisdom of the Crowd
This topic deserves a lengthier post - and rest assured, reader, one is coming - but for now, a quick heads up about the Republicans' "YouCut" initiative, which allows the public to select Federally-funded projects that they believe should be cut as worthless. This week they were taking aim at NSF, encouraging citizens to search NSF's awards database for projects they felt were wasteful and then send the grant numbers to YouCut. Note that one of the key words they suggest to help narrow the search is "museum." Sigh. Of course, this isn't the first time that NSF support of museums has been criticized - you may recall this case from earlier in the year. But that was just the numb-nuts at Fox News; this time it's people that actually control funding allocations. There are good reasons for using tax payer dollars to support science in museums and you can rest assured that SPNHC, NSCA, AIBS and a bunch of other organizations will be making that case over the next couple of years. It's not going to be an easy ride... more on that later.