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:
- All data are open and all ideas are shared
- Anyone can take part at any level of the project
- There will be no patents
- Suggestions are the best form of criticism
- Public discussion is much more valuable than private email
- 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.
These laws are adapted from: