- Leo Taylor
- Puyallup, WA
- United States
Can we make research information open source?
I often come across scientific research and papers with interesting conclusions and wonder what the source material is like. eg. The original fMRI scans. I have noticed that this information can be extremely difficult to get. I have made attempts with our local University and have even sat with the manager from a local medical facility that coordinates and operates MRI's. He mentioned that even with his seniority it is tough to get the research.
It seems that if this information was freely available then individuals such as philosophers, linguists, psychologists, doctors, researchers, etc could ask a question and then pour through mountains of Data to find an answer.
The way it appears to happen now, is that a group of individuals will have an idea, create an experiment, keep the data somewhat secretive and then reveal their conclusion. Perhaps good, perhaps bad, perhaps neither. BUT why not put that raw data online, or in an easily searchable database so that another researcher may come along and use the information.
The thought occurred that we need an open source database for grants and research. If you want $1 million dollars for your research then you may have it, BUT all raw data must go into this database so that it is open for everyone to use. That way another researcher can save a lot of time and money by not repeating a very expensive process. OR, perhaps come to another conclusion by comparing research across multiple experiments.