In the last five years there has been an incredible increase in a project called Open Science Project, to apply the philosophy of open source taking it to knowledge and laboratories. This is an absolute opening of the scientific company, specifically Open Access, where they argue that the tools for scientific development and publications in this area must be accessible to anyone in the world.
With this idea, great proposals have arisen to obtain free scientific software and this is how the Open Science Project was born, which brings together several scientists from natural sciences who have dedicated themselves to the development and promulgation of software for data analysis, simulations and models. Various programs can be found, classified on their web portals by scientific discipline.
It can be noted that there is a preference for microbiology, aeronautics and computational science, but they also have sections on anthropology, forensic sciences and even a part dedicated to tools: with very useful programs for any researcher dedicated to quantitative work.
Some tools available in Open Science are:
- Statistical software R: a language and environment for work and statistical analysis.
- My Experiment- A database where researchers from all over the world can share their experimental designs, so that others can visualize and use them in their workplace.
- Sim Agent: an environment for modeling intelligent agents (artificial intelligence), which will allow sociologists or psychologists to make virtual models to analyze phenomena that cannot be reproduced in laboratories or that are difficult to study in the field.
Currently, scientific software is highly expensive. Prices range from US $ 495 to US $ 670, and that license can only have a single user - which can be installed on a single computer -. In turn, when a researcher does not have access to a complete database, he must pay for the bibliography to be used and each article can cost him between 20 and 40 dollars. This demonstrates the obstacle for scientists to carry out their desire to create knowledge.
Without a doubt, most of these Open Science Project programs are complex. They require knowledge in the area and programming. But if you are a science lover, a student pursuing your career or a researcher looking for new tools, you cannot stop visiting the Open Science Project to see what it can offer for you.