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Reinventing Discovery by Michael Nielsen

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CHAPTER 9

The Open Science Imperative

Imagine you’re a working scientist who believes wholeheartedly that open science will bring enormous benefits to science and to our society. You understand that changing the deeply entrenched culture of science will be difficult, but decide nonetheless to go all out sharing your ideas and data online, contributing to new tools such as science wikis and user-contributed comment sites, and making the code for your computer programs freely available. All this takes a great deal of time and effort, and yet you find that without colleagues willing to reciprocate, the benefits to you are small. That’s because many of the benefits of open science only come if it is collectively adopted by large numbers of scientists. ...

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