Monday, April 28, 2008

Scientific American on open-access science

Great read at Scientific American: Science 2.0 -- Is Open Access Science the Future?

A small but growing number of researchers (and not just the younger ones) have begun to carry out their work via the wide-open tools of Web 2.0. And although their efforts are still too scattered to be called a movement—yet—their experiences to date suggest that this kind of Web-based “Science 2.0” is not only more collegial than traditional science but considerably more productive.

It's full of some really good stuff on the growing open-science movement with pointers to the same sort of hyper-productivity we've seen from the adoption of open-practices in other walks of society.

It was this, however, that caught my attention:

One early success is the OpenWetWare project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Launched in 2005 by graduate students working in the laboratories of M.I.T. biological engineers Drew Endy and Thomas Knight, the project was originally seen as just a better way to keep the two lab Web sites up-to-date. OpenWetWare is a wiki—a collaborative Web site that can be edited by anyone who has access...

Yep, yet another MediaWiki site. You can run but you can't hide.

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