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“In the long history of humankind: those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” — Charles Darwin

Open, collaborative research accelerates scientific discovery, yet there are serious roadblocks to sharing data and insights. First, team science requires time and attention. Second, the current incentive system of ‘publish or perish’ positions collaborators as competitors. Our solutions include tools, facilitated sharing, and rewards.

Image: Visualising scientific collaboration / Andy Lamb

Collaboration Tools

By using a carefully designed architecture of attention, tools “enable us to scale up creative conversation, so connections that would ordinarily require fortuitous serendipity instead happen as a matter of course… amplifying collective intelligence.”1

Rapid Science strategizes, designs, and implements infrastructure and tools for open sharing of data and insights. Learn more

The Tools

Rapid Science Open

“When one looks at innovation in nature and in culture, environments that build walls around good ideas tend to be less innovative… good ideas want to connect, fuse, recombine. They want to reinvent themselves by crossing borders”2

Publishing Venue

Rapid Science Open is a process that enables multidisciplinary research teams to share, discuss, and review early findings and insights. It involves facilitated sharing in a setting not unlike a journal club, publication of living Evidence Reviews, and citation of team reviewed null and micro-resultsLearn more

Incentives and Rewards

“An ideal collaboration market will enable an exchange of questions and ideas. It will bake in metrics of contribution so participants can demonstrate the impact their work is having. Contributions will be archived, timestamped, and signed so it’s clear who said what, and when… This will change science.”3

Rapid Science is strategizing with funders, policy makers, biomedical researchers, social scientists, academic administrators and technologists, to formulate new incentives and rewards that recognize open research practices. Learn more

1 Michael Nielsen, “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science,” Princeton Univ. Press.

2 Steven Johnson, “Where Good Ideas Come from: The Natural History of Innovation,” Riverhead Press.

3 Michael Nielsen, The Future of Science, blog post.

Incentives