What does a good research project need? Five things:

  • problems — interesting, important questions ... issues worth worrying about;
  • data — content, information, substance ... raw material to wrestle with;
  • customers — people who care about what the project is trying to do;
  • tools — from a quiet room and a pencil, all the way up to the most sophisticated technological equipment; and
  • people — smart, energetic, persistent individuals.

What are the challenges that research projects must overcome in each of these categories? Many, including:

  • fuzzy, ill-posed, or constantly changing questions;
  • noisy, deceptive, missing, or excessive data;
  • unreasonable or naïve customers;
  • insufficient, incompatible, or unreliable tools; and
  • incompetent, undertrained, or overloaded people.

Tuesday, November 21, 2000 at 20:48:22 (EST) = 2000-11-21

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(correlates: DarwinOnTheFossilRecord, CommonUnderstanding, FutureSymp, ...)