Proposal: Open Science

I'm going to go further than the related question Should open science questions just be asked on academia.SE?

I can't see any reason why this isn't a subset of Academia.SE, and would draw questions and traffic away from that already-launched site.

The only questions from the definition phase that couldn't be asked on Academia.SE are the many shopping questions (and maybe some are boat-programming questions too). And I rather suspect you wouldn't want those anyway, once it came down to it.

So I propose closing the proposal: if there are any good questions that you feel that would in reality be asked on a beta Open Science that couldn't be asked on Academia.SE, plesae do come over to meta.Academia to discuss whether Academia.SE's scope should be expanded to include them, or not.


Viewing the top rated questions, and considering Academia is expressly open to questions about research in industry, government, etc. I'm inclined to agree - Open Science is a subset of the type of questions that are already accepted in Academia.SE, and I don't think either community will particularly benefit from splitting them off.


I agree. The questions are interesting but can be asked on academia SE with more chance to get good feedback. I get the feeling this proposal and its following is more about promoting open science than about the Q&A aspect.


A similar question to ask is what value this community adds beyond current forums where open science is discussed. Mozilla Science, for instance, already has a perfectly good forum ( https://forum.mozillascience.org/ ) where individuals can ask open science questions and post events. What would having a StackExchange community for open science do that this does not?

  • +1 for the link
    – Ooker
    Jun 29 '15 at 17:18
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    "Let's close every single site on SE because it is a duplicate of Wikipedia". Catch my drift?
    – Zizouz212
    Aug 19 '15 at 21:21

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