Well-presented negative results

I read with interest the call for papers for the 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2009). What caught my eye was the sentence of the conference focus which reads “Well-presented negative results from which generalizable conclusions can be drawn are also sought.” I’d like to see more reporting of well presented negative results at library-related conferences. Sometimes we here about negative results on e-mail lists when some asks the question “Has any tried this?” but very rarely do we have sessions that report on things that didn’t work out at conferences or read them in articles. This leads to different people try their same thing and also failing whereas if the negative results were public they could either decide to go in a different direction, or the can look at what didn’t work in the previous project and figure out a way to modify the approach so it will work.

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  1. blog.ecorrado.us » PowerlessCamp and Dan Chudnov’s conferences he’d like to attend said,

    September 2, 2008 at 10:09:34

    […] ideas, especially the PowerlessCamp and the Antifest. As I mentioned back in July we need more well-presented negative results so people don’t repeat the same mistakes as others and also so people can learn from the […]