Ten commandments of open science
No, this is not “Ten simple rules of open science” (although it could be nice if we could write such article and publish it at PLoS Computational Biology) – this is the list of TEN COMMANDMENTS of open science:
1. You shall give everything away free (do not over-protect your research); do not patent – sell your expertise.
2. You shall change the world, not just sell things.
Seek for making contribution to the scientific knowledge; do not choose trendy research topics if results may contribute a little.
3. You shall be sharing, aware of social responsibility.
Explain your work in simple language.
4. You shall be creative.
Do not repeat someone’s old experiments using new technology.
5. You shall tell all: have no secrets, endorse transparency and the free flow of information; all scientists should collaborate and interact.
Follow the practice of Open Notebook Science.
6. You shall not work: have no fixed 9 to 5 job, but engage in smart, dynamic, flexible communication.
Get familiar with bursty work and “just-in-time” research – do not let your research fall into any schema.
7. You shall return to school: engage in permanent education.
No step of scientific career should prevent you from asking stupid questions.
8. You shall act as an enzyme: work not only on the research, but trigger new forms of scientific collaboration.
Any kind of communication channel is a potential way of collaboration.
9. You shall leave research silently.
Do not make yourself impossible to replace.
10. You shall be the state: companies should be in partnership with the state.
Be independent – do not endorse technology transfer centers.
Sounds nice isn’t it? Now, let’s re-label things. These ten commandments above are almost exact copy (the original list is to found for example here) of Olivier Malnuit’s ten commandments for the liberal communist. In isolation, many of the above are quite reasonable. All of them together, stamped as “commandments for the liberal communist”, trigger violent or at least negative responses in many places.
Why did I put it in here? Because the label of “liberal communism” or “cyber-communism” is used to describe Open Access initiative here in Poland. Not frequently, not so visibly, but you can guess how difficult is to get through such label.
I will write my comments in another post, but I’m of course interested in yours.