Researchers around the world are hard at work on cures for most every ailment and disease. But until now, there was no system - let alone incentive - for sharing their discoveries, leaving researchers working independently in their own silos, possibly duplicating the same mistakes as their colleagues around the globe. It wasn't unusual for decades to pass before any significant progress was made on a study.
But that's all changing. Just as parent organization Creative Commons has made sharing artistic endeavors both easy and profitable, Science Commons is using that same open-access model to enable the scientific research community to both find and share their studies, thereby enabling an approach to sharing data that just might revolutionize the scientific world. My interview with John Wilbanks was a fitting way to cap off Open Access Week. (This interview has been edited for clarity and length.)