Open Science: Then & Now

The Authorea Team

Open science is many things to many people. It's a movement for advocating for better research, it's a method to perform better research, and to some it's an ideal that may or may not be achievable.  Wikipedia, an open encyclopedia, defines it as , "the movement to make scientific research, data and dissemination accessible to all levels of an inquiring society, amateur or professional." Where did the term come from? When was it first used and how does Authorea fit into open science?
Outside literature and academia, "open science" has made its way into industry too. Up to date, 41 patents have used the exact term "open science", and there are likely many more to come. The emergence of business around open science due to its increasing demand is good for not only scientists but consumers as well. Ideally, the more ideas that area shared and the more individuals that are able to contribute, the better for science and for consumers.

Milestones in OpenScience