Like many of you, the COS team has been working from home since mid-March: managing collaborative work, daily scrums, and technical projects via videoconference while wrangling children, pets, and partners. Almost overnight, the SARS-CoV2 / COVID-19 pandemic has reordered many longstanding priorities, both professional and personal. Yet, there is a silver lining: researchers are collaborating in innovative ways with a focus on transparency and openness. Technologists and journalists are building services and visualizations on shared data to inform others and support policy-making.
A search on OSF.io for "COVID-19" and related terms reveals the rate at which researchers are sharing their research, data, and protocols in real-time. In February and March alone, 170 preprints, over 425 projects, over 150 registrations, and over 11,000 files of rapidly emerging research were uploaded, with additional research added daily. The extent of openness is unprecedented, and its immediate and potential long-term impact is apparent.
Imagine if we considered all research to be important enough to conduct it as openly and collaboratively as this.
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