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Open Source Science: A Revolution From Within

Nov 21, 2009, 16:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Vivian Wagner)

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"Ask anyone in the open source science movement what it's all about, and you're likely to come back to the word that's right there in its name: "open." Open source science is all about open access. To research methods. To data. To scholarly publications. And supporters feel that it's vital to the continued growth and evolution of science itself. "Open source science is a collaborative and transparent approach to science," said Walter Jessen, a bioinformatician and cancer biologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the founder of Highlight HEALTH and Next Generation Science.

"Just as open source software allows programmers to access the code in order to create new and improved versions of software, open source science gives the scientific community open and easy access to fundamental experiments, methods and data in order to facilitate more research. The goal, ultimately, is better science.

""There are many benefits to open source science: speed, efficiency, quality, increased communication, worldwide participation, [and] accelerated progress towards understanding and eradicating disease," Jessen told LinuxInsider."

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