Incentives: The C-Score

“All that’s needed for open science to succeed is for the sharing of scientific knowledge in new media to carry the same kind of cachet that papers do today.”1

To promote and reward collaboration we’re developing a “C-score” that measures the quality and quantity of collaborators’ contributions to group efforts. The score will take into account the full variety of tasks occurring on the collaboration platform – sharing, commenting, rating, reviewing, and authoring. It will be formulated by reputation experts drawing from the insights of mathematicians, computer scientists, economists, and social scientists, and vetted by funding officials, academic administrators, and researchers themselves (see executive summary).

1 Michael Nielsen, “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science,” Princeton Univ. Press, 2011.

Incentives