Top sci­en­tist de­fends crit­i­cism of award

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHI­NADAILY

One of China’s top sci­en­tists re­sponded to crit­i­cism of an award-win­ning project, say­ing that the adop­tion of open source codes was “legal and rea­son­able”.

Zhang Yaoxue, a com­puter sci­en­tist at the Chi­nese Academy of En­gi­neer­ing who led a team that won this year’s top StateNat­u­ral Sciences Award for in­vent­ing the con­cept of trans­par­ent com­put­ing, said that the project did not adopt the source code.

How­ever, Zhang, also pres­i­dent of who is Cen­tral South Uni­ver­sity and a pro­fes­sor with Ts­inghua Uni­ver­sity, said an­other on­go­ing project, trans­par­ent desk, adopted the source code but it was abid­ing by the gen­eral public li­cense.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­search team, trans­par­ent com­put­ing refers to pro­gram­ming in which users are not aware of the soft­ware and yet can ac­cess and ac­com­plish tasks from any type of de­vice.

Over the past 16 years, the top science award, which rec­og­nizes ma­jor break­throughs in fun­da­men­tal re­search, has only been handed out six times.

How­ever, Zhang’s win trig­gered de­bate on­line, with some com­ments sug­gest­ing that the project was un­de­serv­ing.

On Mon­day, a ne­ti­zen with the Web name KraneSun on GitHub, a web-based soft­ware repos­i­tory host­ing ser­vice, ac­cused Zhang of copy­ing a source code.

KraneSun posted that the source code Zhang’s team used was writ­ten by an­other ne­ti­zen from GitHub. The post re­ceived 1,199 com­ments, in English and Chi­nese, by Wed­nes­day.

Zhang re­sponded on Tues­day evening, say­ing that the adop­tion of the source code was legal in the com­put­ing world.

He said that the trans­par­ent desk project ap­plies to the thought and the­ory of trans­par­ent com­put­ing but it is not the same project as trans­par­ent com­put­ing, which won the award.

Zhang was also ques­tioned on­line for his con­cur­rent roles as an ad­min­is­tra­tor of Cen­tral South Uni­ver­sity, a for­mer of­fi­cial of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and a re­searcher.

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