“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 Workspace

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, recommends, and implements infrastructure and processes for open sharing of data and insights.

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 transdisciplinary and mult-institutional research teams to share, discuss, and review their early findings and insights. It involves expert facilitation and a continually updated narrative (prepared by the facilitator) describing the team’s incremental and null results, contextualized in accordance with the field’s latest published evidence.

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. Processes and tools promoted by Rapid Science are designed to facilitate recognition of individual team member contributions toward this goal.

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.