A platform where people share great thesis/dissertation topics for academic degrees
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Darko SavicAug 23, 2020
An interactive website/database collection of great dissertation/thesis topics to base an academic degree on. The topics would be categorized by field and other interesting criteria. Anyone can submit a topic which is then peer-reviewed and rated based on viability and desirability.
People can use any of the topics for their academic degree or at least find some inspiration while browsing through the lists. The ones that have been completed get linked to the matching paper and are marked as complete.
Problems with openly sharing topics for thesis/dissertation
Manel Lladó SantaeulariaMar 01, 2021
While I think the kind of database you propose is really cool, I think there are several problems that should be considered:
The main problem is that, at least for research fields, thesis/dissertation normally goes linked to your supervisor and the line of research of their lab. Normally, that line of research is relatively private, especially when it comes to new projects, since novelty is crucial when it comes to receiving funding and to intellectual property (patent applications and such). For this reason, most principal investigators would be against sharing their novel ideas so that other people can do it faster or better than them and take their funding and potential opportunities away from them.
The constant evolution and competition of the research field would probably make it so it becomes really difficult to keep track of whether there is already other people working on that specific topic and if they have published results on it. A large database may be impossible to keep up to date. However, I can see this working for humanities-related research, for example, due to its different nature.
Could we come up with a system where the creators of the ideas had an advantage from sharing them? Or maybe they could share ideas unrelated to their field of research? And can we come up with a way to mantain such a database up to date and on par with the extreme speed of scientific development?