In a recent special issue of the journal Nature on interdisciplinarity (17 September 2015, p313-315), Rick Rylance . . . introduced a current project of the Global Research Council, which is comprised of the heads of science and engineering funding agencies from around the world. The Global Research Council has selected interdisciplinarity as one of its two annual themes for an in-depth report, debate and statement between now and mid-2016.
ROBERT STEELE: That this is finally one of the top two priorities of the Global Research Council is encouraging. Sadly, regardless of what terms are used, “lip service” is the generic reality — going through the motions. Most academics are mono-lingual and severely ignorant of information technology possibilities including citation analytics and geospatial registry of all data. What would be helpful is a global conference and distributed discussion on the imperative of embracing a holistic analytic model that puts nature and people first; true cost economics that holds organizations accountable; and open source everything engineering so as to create a prosperous world at peace with technologies that are affordable, interoperable, and scalable.