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Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"?

Grand, Ann; Wilkinson, Clare; Bultitude, Karen; Winfield, Alan F.T.

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Ann Grand

Karen Bultitude


The emerging practice of open science, which makes the entire process of a scientific investigation available, could extend membership of the research community to new, public audiences, who do not have access to science's long-established trust mechanisms. This commentary considers if the structures that enable scientists to trust each other, and the public to trust scientists, are enriched by the open science approach. The completeness of information provided by open science, whether as a replacement for or complement to older systems for establishing trust within science, makes it a potentially useful "trust technology." © 2012 SAGE Publications.


Grand, A., Wilkinson, C., Bultitude, K., & Winfield, A. F. (2012). Open Science: A New "Trust Technology"?. Science Communication, 34(5), 679-689.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Oct 1, 2012
Publicly Available Date Jun 7, 2019
Journal Science Communication
Print ISSN 1075-5470
Electronic ISSN 1552-8545
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 5
Pages 679-689
Keywords open science, trust, public engagement, science communication
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