|Tree-ring data freed at last|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Sunday, 25 April 2010 14:15|
Can you imagine if Sir Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Thomas Edison had kept their scientific discoveries to themselves? Or if upon presenting them to the world they'd defended their theories by simply asking the public to trust they did the theories correctly?
Yet, this is what the Queen's University Belfast expected from the public. A recent, landmark ruling by the UK Information Commissioner's Office is forcing the University to hand over 40 years of tree ring data to skeptic Doug Keenan.
Professor Mike Baillie, described the ruling as “a staggering injustice … We are the ones who trudged miles over bogs and fields carrying chain saws. We prepared the samples and – using quite a lot of expertise and judgment – we measured the ring patterns. Each ring pattern therefore has strong claims to be our copyright. Now, for the price of a stamp, Keenan feels he is entitled to be given all this data.”
What did the professor expect? We are seeing another shining example of resistance to peer-review. Science needs to be proven under the scrutiny of your critics, not your friends. It is mind-boggling to me that climate scientists do not want more input on their research.
Perhaps the University does not want to not disclose the tree ring data because they've published the theories without the data to support them.
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