I’ll hate myself for doing this but I am posting this quote from Robert Scoble’s blog with a purpose:
But, this is an important point: research is NOT done because of commercial pressures. Itís done to study something and come up with new approaches.
This is why itís so important that our industry continues to do real research. Not just product development. You never know what Marc will learn from studying the social behaviors of those who hang out in newsgroups. Maybe heíll find a new algorithm thatíll prove very useful in a blog search engine.
You see, what Danish (and Swedish) politicians want from the public universities is product development – the “research-to-invoice” approach.
So in research policy, we have a private company acting as a state ought to and states acting like they think a private company does.
There is a Danish equivalent, by the way: Carlsberg and the Carlsberg Foundation.
Correction: That’s Robert, not Richard Scoble.