There’s been much ado in the last decade about transparency and openness in technology and, in particular, science. The culture of science has been slow to take a ken to openness and sharing. But the NYTimes.com has an article today that suggests an open approach to understanding Alzheimer’s may be bearing fruit.
The key to the Alzheimer’s project was an agreement as ambitious as its goal: not just to raise money, not just to do research on a vast scale, but also to share all the data, making every single finding public immediately, available to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world.
The article also has a nice use of the concept of a ‘prisoner’s dilemma.’