Writer Chelsea Wald has authored an overview on what "open science" is and includes several quotes from people who actually practice it.
"History is replete with stories of scientists who hid their ideas from their competition; consider Leonardo da Vinci, whose odd backward writing may have been partly motivated by fear of thieves, or Isaac Newton, who concealed one idea by writing it in the form of an anagram. Science has long been a dog-eat-dog world.
So it may seem odd that a handful of scientists are going to similar lengths to share not just their results but also, sometimes, their raw data -- even their lab notebooks -- often in real time. They're part of a movement called Open Science, or, more specifically, Open Notebook Science, whose motto is "no insider information."
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