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Ever since the release of the Snyder & Souza-Briggs “Community-of-Practice” research scientists now understand that their scientific CoPs are always operating (24/7). All -funded science in the U.S., especially government-supported clinical medicine organizations, always operates in a scientific CoP setting.

The quality of the knowledge-assets, learning-assets, and suffering-abatement assets of any given scientific CoP can be measured scientifically. The U.S. wikipedia:National Institute of Standards & Technology (wikipedia:NIST) has acknowledged the importance of precisely measuring the quality of the CoP assets stewarded by U.S. scientific organizations in such initiatives as its NIST Baldrige National Quality Program Health Care Criteria ( [[1]] ).

The U.S. wikipedia:National Institutes of Health (NIH) has also recently acknowledged the validity and the power of the scientific communities of practice approach to measuring the 'value' of NIH-sponsored scientific research with the launching of the new wikipedia:Office of Behavioral & Social Science Research intiative (see page 5 of the NIH "Healthier Lives Through Behavioral & Social Sciences Research" Report { [2] } ).

The American academic community is now insisting that the formal application of best-practices in the operation of scientific communities of practice must start early in the education of young scientists. Examples of ongoing research in this promising area of early childhood education in basic scientific CoP principles include wikipedia:Northwestern University’s “Bootstrapping a Community of Practice: Learning Science by Doing Projects in a High School Classroom Program[3].

The U.S. wikipedia:National Academy of Sciences has recently become even more strident in this regard, insisting that the scientific community must actively pursue the creation of more-useful communities of practice in science & technology on a global scale [4]: This new scientific CoP focus by the National Academy of Science falls under its high-priority wikipedia:Science & Technology for Sustainability (STS) Program [5].

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