"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
"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."