Sunday, October 10, 2004

Innovation through peer production

Newsweek article highlights the role of freely shared information in R&D.

"The BIOS Initiative, recently launched by Cambia, an Australian nonprofit, aims to make publicly available an alternative technology to the patented method of inserting a gene into a plant. (People are free to patent any resulting discoveries.) A Web site called, modeled after in software, will be a clearinghouse for open biology projects"

Article also quotes Eric von Hippel who is MIT's head of innovation and entrepreneurship and have been writing on user-lead innovation.

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