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In the 1930s, the renowned sociologist Robert K. Merton theorized that science advances not only from individual work, but also from interaction with the scientific community. (Merton also, legend has it, coined the terms “unintended consequences,” “role model,” and “self-fulfilling prophesy.”)
You can see Merton’s thesis at work at Commerce as we pursue our mission to democratize data, advancing President Obama’s Open Data challenge and the Data Pillar of Secretary Penny Pritzker’s “Open for Business” strategy.