Open-source research for nanotechnology?

The open-source research model continues to spread, now to biomedical research. An article by Sarah Everts in Chemical & Engineering News explores Open-Source Science, referencing a paper by Matthew Todd titled Open-Source Research—The Power of Us.

For an earlier look at whether open source could work for nanotech, see Bryan Bruns’ article Open Sourcing Nanotechnology Research and Development: Issues and Opportunities.

Oddly, the C&E News piece has this quote: “Todd says the biggest misconception is that proponents of open source are antagonists of peer review.” I’ll say it’s a misconception: one of the central points of open source is to take better advantage of peer review. —Christine

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