[open-science] community lead open science (biology) projects

Paweł Szczęsny ps at pawelszczesny.org
Sun Mar 16 14:53:03 UTC 2014

I would put it in the same group - they are quite similar in their
goals and vision. There are of course some differences, but I don't
think they are so deeply important. 'Open source biology' is an older
term that refers to more "institutionalized" projects (BIOS/Cambia,
BioBricks, MTA from Science Commons). For more background see
http://p2pfoundation.net/Open_Source_Biology and


On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 3:35 PM, Puneet Kishor <punk.kish at gmail.com> wrote:
> Paweł,
> Would you put DIYBio in the same group as “open source biology” or would that be a fifth category?
> --
> Puneet Kishor
> Manager, Science and Data Policy
> Creative Commons
> On Mar 16, 2014, at 2:56 AM, Paweł Szczęsny <ps at pawelszczesny.org> wrote:
>> Hi Sridhar,
>> Just a quick pointer. My feeling is that in biology, open science is
>> mostly expressed in four areas. These are citizen science projects
>> (such as games FoldIt, Phylo, or EteRNA), data curation initiatives
>> (WikiGenes, WikiPathways, Annotathon, but also Rfam, which is not
>> usual suspect), open source software projects (Biopython, GMOD) and
>> finally "open source biology" (not my favourite name, but it's a
>> useful keyword to look for more examples of work done in laboratories
>> - see OSDD, which of course you are aware of, but also Registry of
>> Standard Biological Parts). Licensing terms are not unfortunately
>> uniform, but it's not surprising.
>> "Community lead" is a tricky part, because as you quickly learn, many
>> of these projects do involve some kind of external management.
>> Wikipedia does it as well (to a certain extent), so I'm not sure how
>> important to your friend is that part of the question.
>> Hope it helps a bit.
>> Best wishes
>> PS
>> On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 3:09 AM, Sridhar Gutam <gutam2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> dear all,
>>> yesterday, my friend had asked me about community lead open science projects
>>> related to biology/biotechnology so that he can be part of it.
>>> he had informed me about wiki gene project and is looking at similar kind of
>>> projects so that he can contribute for it. he aims to release all his works
>>> in creative commons licences.
>>> any advice?
>>> ..

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