Science

  • In an effort to expand on their successes in medical research apps with the release of ResearchKit, Apple has released CareKit, a framework for making healthcare apps, as open source. Apple plans to release the software in April, and the company said the software is aimed at making things easier for users to track their health […]

  • The first Gathering for Open Science Hardware (GOSH) took place in Geneva, Switzerland on March 2-5, 2016. The primary goal was to develop an initial roadmap to promote widespread use of open hardware in science, and it included the presence of a number of open science projects and organizations including OpenPlant, Hackteria, DropBot, OpenTrons, and […]

  • Scientific research has been held back to some extent in recent years due to the restrictions the traditional publishing model imposes.  A number of tools have been built to remedy this, including the Open Science Framework: a cloud-based management system for scientific research, and GitLab: a popular platform for hosting digital resources like software code. […]

  • ResearchKit is a new open source framework that can be used to conduct medical research. Apple released it on GitHub and it currently only works on iOS devices, something Apple hopes to address by making it open source. The app is built from three primary blocks: Participant Consent, Surveys, and Active Tasks. The goal is […]

  • Both the software and pharmaceutical industries are experiencing ongoing problems with hampered innovation due to burdensome patent law. In 2007, Médecins Sans Frontières created a new innovation inducement prize for tuberculosis that gave a proportion of the prize money to any researchers who produced open work that contributed to the winning product. The idea was […]

  • Open access journals provide an alternative to expensive paid journals for use in research and they help propagate knowledge by making it more accessible. Here are five great open access journals that provide a wealth of high quality, free information. First Monday – Covers communication issues on the internet such as censorship and digital media […]

  • CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, establishes the leading edge of scientific research in learning about the fundamental structures of the universe. Linux has played a major role at CERN, most notably through the development of Scientific Linux, a Linux distribution that makes it easy for scientists to set up and use a set […]

  • Academia has a significant problem with reproducibility in research that includes large data sets and code. Researchers often need to write code as a part of their research and many of these researchers and the publishers they use don’t fully understand the importance of sharing this code so others can reproduce the research. Github has […]

  • Isaac Yonemoto is a chemist who has been writing software code his whole life. Now, he is launching a campaign to produce the first open source treatment for cancer, using a compound called 9-DS, the result of Soviet research and the more recent work of Barbara Gerratana at the University of Maryland. Yonemoto is currently […]

  • Many modern scientific journals suffer from problems associated with a lack of access to the underlying data and code to scientific research. The inability to replicate code or data can make it extremely challenging for other scientists to replictate research, and considering that more than 80% of all scientific research is publicly or charitably funded […]

  • OpenTrons is a new startup focused on building open source automated robotic systems for use in scientific experiments. Currently, the company is developing the BioBot: a machine for liquid handling that will cost less than 10% the price of a traditional liquid handling robot. The goal of this company is to make low-cost scientific robotics […]

  • Pharmaceutical research has been bogged down by exceptionally high costs and extended clinical trials that are becoming less and less effective. It appears this industry is ripe for adopting open practices in the development process, and many executives and researchers are looking for ways to make drug research more transparent while protecting the interests of […]

  • Scientific information is most useful if it is widely available for individuals and groups to use for finding solutions to societal problems. To address this, the 3TU.Datacentrum has been founded to make data reusable, discoverable, and accessible for the long term. More from OpenSource.com

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