Practical and Ethical Reasons for Pursuing a More Open Science

Practical and Ethical Reasons for Pursuing a More Open Science

By Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan

Scientists’ discoveries have a worldwide impact. Over time, these discoveries alter our understanding of ourselves and our relationships with one another. They provide a basis for innovation—for new technology—for tools and infrastructure that continually change how we live. In times of crisis, science provides both the promise and actuality of substantial improvements to quality of life.

Because science is known to have these powers, people seek scientific research as a means to achieve aspirations and overcome challenges. People often look to science, scientists, and scientific organizations for guidance on how to transform the world we have into the world we want. What is the value of this guidance to others?

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