Some people believe that it is good to share as much information as possible in scientific research,
business and the academic world. Others believe that some information is too important or too valuable to be shared freely.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is true that sharing information helps us to make quick progress in the field of technology, research, and business. Some people feel that information can be vital and it may give them an edge over the competitors. I believe it would be better to share information instead of hiding it.
On the one hand, advancements in scientific research or education would happen at a faster pace if we share information. The underlying reason for this belief is that research or business solutions will get improved due to constant feedback when more people have access to the information. We all have limited capacity and resources to employ on any significant research, this limitation is not there when the solution becomes open. This is evident by the success of most open source solutions in Information Technology. Unix is an open-source operating system that is used in the majority of the servers across the world. I believe this happened as solutions become stable and mature by the contribution of the large community as its source code was easily accessible.
On the other hand, some organizations try to conceal information as they consider it as vital. They believe that they have invested resources to research in a specific direction and they should get the benefit of their investment. I believe these fears are unnecessary as technology is changing at a rapid pace these days and without sharing, it does not get the necessary attention to become successful. A better way to reward investment is getting it patented and finding possible ways to get revenue by the democratization of the solution. For instance, Facebook made its UI technology available for everyone and it is now used to build most websites across the world.
To conclude,sharing information helps us to build mature and sustainable solutions that last for a long time and any fears of not doing so are unwarranted.