Are there any organisations which approve or manage open science projects?

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asked Aug 4, 2015 in Open Science by kenorb (430 points)

Are there any organisations/foundations/hubs which manages/approve independent open science projects which are accepted and well recognised within mainstream scientific circles?

For instance, what if the published project doesn't make any sense and its calling it-self the open science project?

In other words, what kind of organisations/community ensure quality of the published data so it's accepted as reliable 'open science' project or anybody can publish anything and call it 'open science project' (for instance publishing open data of correlation of the number of pirates with global temperature)?



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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Simon W (155 points)
I don't understand the question. Can you clarify what you're asking?

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (430 points)
@SimonW I've clarified it a bit more.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Simon W (155 points)
Thanks, makes more sense now :)

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Alexander Konovalov (135 points)
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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Gavin Simpson (720 points)
So you mean organisations like the OSI that approves Open Source licences? Not to my knowledge, as what is open is determined by the licences used. There are some definitions such ones on what constitutes open access but even those are not agreed upon by all. So no. And yes, anyone can publish anything and claim it is open science. How open it is depends on the licensing.

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (430 points)
This was just example or to give some different insight, the main question stays the same, are there any communities/organisations which approves such projects, so they can be called open science? Or anybody can publish anything and call it 'open science' in its publication and everybody is happy with it?

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (430 points)
For instance what if the research publishes data/information about theoretical physics (such as cold fusion) which is not accepted by the mainstream science, is the project can be still called open science despite it's against mainstream science, or there will be some pressure to call it differently? Please also note that only [five companies control more than half of academic publishing](http://www.nouvelles.umontreal.ca/udem-news/news/20150610-five-companies-control-more-than-half-of-academic-publishing.html).

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by kenorb (430 points)
In other words does it need to be approved by some scientific organisation/community so it can use 'science' word in its research data/publication?

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Gavin Simpson (720 points)
Your comment and question clash "which are accepted and well recognised within mainstream scientific circles", vs "which is not accepted by the mainstream science". It would help to rephrase the question as I and @jaipel have interpreted it similarly differently

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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Gavin Simpson (720 points)
What sorts of management are you thinking of? Entire management or aspects, such as finance?

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