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Polymath Project and Google Wave: open-source science

Two examples of open-source science are the subject of Opinion articles in this week’s Nature. In the first of these, Timothy Gowers and Michael Nielsen describe their ‘Polymath Project’, which showed that many minds can work together to solve difficult mathematical problems, and reflect on the lessons learned for open-source science (Nature 461, 879-881; 2009). In the other article, Cameron Neylon says that Google Wave is the kind of open-source online collaboration tool that should drive scientists to wire their research and publications into an interactive data web (Nature 461, 881; 2009). 

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