Monday, April 16, 2012

More support for open software in science

In the space of two months both the most famous scientific journals world-wide have published pieces arguing for open source code.

Back in February myself and two co-authors had a paper in Nature arguing for open software in science.  That paper was entitled The Case for Open Computer Programs.  Last week the US journal Science published a piece entitled Shining Light into Black Boxes arguing the same thing and giving policy recommendations.

Is it not now time for an international cooperation on defining standards for code openness and associated policies?  The Science paper lays out suggested policies and could be used as a starting point:

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