Are there any accepted ways to get money from an open science project?

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asked Aug 15, 2015 in Open Science by wythagoras (20 points)

I like the idea of open science, but I am worried about the financial status of an open science project. Are there any ways to get money from an open science project that are accepted by the open science community? Two things I thought of:

  • Asking for donations from the viewers of the project.
  • Advertising on the site where one can access the project


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commented Aug 18, 2015 by Rex Kerr (95 points)
Apply for funding from a standard funding body, like the NIH? They usually prefer research to be as open as possible (save inasmuch as it prevents collaboration with industry). It's the lab heads / individual researchers who are reluctant, due to the way everyone (incl. the NIH) rewards being first-to-publish and publishing-in-a-high-impact-factor-journal.

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answered Aug 16, 2015 by Olek Wojnar (140 points)
 
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As Rex mentioned in his comment, the best method is to apply for funding from an organization that does not explicitly prohibit open science. (e.g. certain military or security-related projects may disallow data sharing)

Regarding the two suggestions that you made in your question: those are completely acceptable. Honestly, those types of activities have less to do with open science and more to do with the logistics of running your project website.



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