Open science is discovery process conducted using methods widely employed in open source software development: all data and ideas are freely shared between participants and anyone may take part. These are summarised as six laws:

  1. All data are open and all ideas are shared
  2. Anyone can take part at any level of the project
  3. There will be no patents
  4. Suggestions are the best form of criticism
  5. Public discussion is much more valuable than private email
  6. The project is bigger than, and is not owned by, any given lab. The aim is to find a good solution to a problem, by whatever means, as quickly as possible.

Acknowledgement edit

These laws are adapted from:

  1. Open Source Drug Discovery for Malaria, Matt Todd, The Synaptic Leap, 2011
  2. Open Source Drug Discovery (OpenWetWare)