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When will ‘open science’ become simply ‘science’?
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- Published: 19 May 2015
Open science describes the practice of carrying out scientific research in a completely transparent manner, and making the results of that research available to everyone. Isn’t that just ‘science’?
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Open science isn’t a movement, it’s just (good) science. It’s also the future. Science, and particularly scientific publishing, is at a turning point. It reminds me of retail in the 1990s, just as the internet was beginning to take off. Many huge, successful retailers took one look at the internet and thought ‘That’ll never catch on’. Five years later they were closing stores and winding-up their business as the more innovative and agile internet companies replaced them. Open science is the future, and it will replace closed science. I encourage you to embrace it.
Mick Watson is supported by grants to The Roslin Institute (BBSRC: BBS/E/D/20310000, BB/J004243/1) and Edinburgh Genomics (NERC:R8/H10/56; MRC:MR/K001744/1; BBSRC:BB/J004243/1).
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