Source: David Bollier, onthecommons.org Blog
“For those of us who don’t venture into the laboratories of science, it’s difficult to appreciate how fragmented, proprietary, and inefficient drug and disease research truly is. At a time when the Internet is making it easier than ever to share and collaborate, some of the most well-funded, high-tech scientific projects today still operate in their own isolated silos. They are effectively cut off from vast quantities of potentially useful research, scientific literature, emerging ideas, and potential collaborators.
“As Marty Tenenbaum and John Wilbanks put it, the current system is plagued by ‘dibilitating delays, legal wrangling, and technical incompatibilities that frustrate scientific collaboration….'”