The Open Source Malaria project is trying a different approach to curing malaria. Guided by open
source principles, everything is open and anyone can contribute.
Open research is where anyone can take part at any level of the project, that all data and
ideas are shared and there are no patents. You are welcome, whatever your expertise. At the
moment the main focus is on finding a new medicine by improving some molecules
originally discovered by Big Pharma
and put into the
something called open source drug discovery. Much of what we need is based in science
(chemistry and biology), but there are important things you can do if you're
outside those fields.
First Law: All data are open and all ideas are shared
Second Law: Anyone can take part at any level of the project
Third Law: There will be no patents
Fourth Law: Suggestions are the best form of criticism
Fifth Law: Public discussion is much more valuable than private email
Sixth Law: The project is bigger than, and is not owned by, any given lab.
The default licence for everything in the OSM project is
meaning you can use whatever you want for any reason (including to make money)
provided you cite the project.
How to get involved:
If you like the sound of open research and curing malaria, then join in! Here's how:
Check out the current
To Do List
for details of what's needed right now - help resolve an issue, comment on things that
think need to be done, or post any of your suggestions/ideas.
Anyone can run their own project under the umbrella of Open Source Malaria - anyone can
add to the
wiki, or add items to the Github To Do list or post raw data to the open lab notebooks.
If you want
to start your own open science project, you could launch it on the first site that was
open source biomedical research: The Synaptic Leap