Just after my three pieces on open science (covering open publication, data, and software) was published on the CoDiMa blog, a message came round telling us to do something about ResearchFish. This, if you are fortunate enough not to have come across it, is another piece of bureaucracy imposed on research grant holders: it is not enough to acknowledge the source of your funding in a publication, you must also enter it in some database somewhere. (To be fair, the message was about easing the burden on us by taking the information automatically from the university’s publication repository.)
I think that research funding is more complicated and nuanced than the research councils seem to believe, so in the style of Douglas Adams I wrote a fourth part to the trilogy. It is now posted here.