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Open Science and Knowledge Initiative (OSKI)
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Mission
Our overall mission is to foster an environment of collaboration and transparency in psychedelic science and better understand the structural and ethical challenges that need to be overcome in making this happen. Our ultimate goal is to have the trifecta of science β€” data, methods, and results β€” open-source and universally accessible in perpetuity.
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The Problem
Alexandra Elbakyan revolutionised science with SciHub by allowing people across the globe free access to vital scientific papers, with data showing that access is often sought by researchers in economically underprivileged areas of the world. However, while SciHub provides access to the end results of the scientific pipeline, much of the process remains opaque, leading to less than desirable results. For instance, 37 fMRI resting-state psychedelic studies have been published at the end of 2020 based on 16 unique datasets. However, more than 50% (20/37) of these studies are based on only two datasets, coincidentally the only two that are open source (source). The consequences on issues like the replication crisis should be self-evident.
A Solution
OSKI will be committed to encouraging psychedelic scientists and researchers to release their data to the public on repositories like Neurohub and the Neuroscience Information Framework. We will begin by compiling and maintaining a database of open-source psychedelic datasets and then reach out to signees of Bob Jesse's Statement on Open Science and Open Praxis who are authors of datasets that are currently not open source. Our overall mission is to foster an environment of collaboration and transparency and better understand the challenges in making this happen. Our ultimate goal is to have the trifecta of data, analyses scripts, and results of all scientific endeavours open-source in perpetuity.