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Open science: a future shaped by shared experience

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posted on May, 22 2011 @ 04:28 AM
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Just found this at the Observers site, extract :


There are many interpretations of what open science means, with different motivations across different disciplines. Some are driven by the backlash against corporate-funded science, with its profit-driven research agenda. Others are internet radicals who take the "information wants to be free" slogan literally. Others want to make important discoveries more likely to happen. But for all their differences, the ambition remains roughly the same: to try and revolutionise the way research is performed by unlocking it and making it more public.

"What we try to do is get people to organise differently," says Joseph Jackson, the organiser of the Open Science Summit, a meeting of advocates that was held for the first time last summer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jackson is a young bioscientist who, like many others, has discovered that the technologies used in genetics and molecular biology, once the preserve of only the most well-funded labs, are now cheap enough to allow experimental work to take place in their garages. For many, this means that they can conduct genetic experiments in a new way, adopting the so-called "hacker ethic" – the desire to tinker, deconstruct, rebuild.


Link : www.guardian.co.uk...

Have never heard of this before and think it sounds great. It could be one of the things that really helps science move forwards over the coming years in several ways. The rest of the article has a lot more information and is worth a read for anyone interested.




posted on May, 22 2011 @ 05:40 AM
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Originally posted by robhines
For many, this means that they can conduct genetic experiments in a new way, adopting the so-called "hacker ethic" – the desire to tinker, deconstruct, rebuild.



Oh, but what will ATS readers do when the evil international corporations arent the only of GMO food creators?
I think a lot of people will be all confused if a small community in a third world country create their own GMO crop to suit thier own local weather conditions, soil, pests etc...
Is one supposed to support the poor locals, or protest the GMO crop?



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