This website is an attempt in promoting free, mostly open source projects that can be used for scientific projects. Being a neuroscientist, most of the projects here will have neuroscience oriented examples/ideas, but this doesn’t mean they cannot be used at any other area of science.
The reasoning for putting all these projects together is that if someone has a good hypothesis on how a certain natural principle could be explained, lack of funding is too much of a mediocre reason for the testing of such a hypothesis not to happen. Also, a big portion of science is funded with public money, therefore using free/open source projects allows better use of the money.
The saving potential is huge; as a small example, a National Instruments card that is commonly used for digital and analog I/Os costs around 1500.00 € (not including special cables required, and block connectors ). An Arduino board, that has similar capabilities and could be used for most behavioural testing paradigms costs 20.00 € and can be controlled by a free “made easy” programming language. Or think about how much money is spent on operational system licenses, a new copy of windows costs about $120.00, plus all the software that needs to be bought for data analysis and preparation of texts and presentations (Office suite, corel draw, matlab and so on); one could use one of the many Linux distributions available that are on their majority cost free and come packed with software that can substitute the above mentioned ones.
Science and education are strongly correlated with prosperity and therefore should be much more accessible to everyone; If more people have access to it, the probability of bringing development to any region of the globe increases.
Therefore, if us scientists can save some money that can be put to other use, and make our own processes more accessible, that more people can dialogue on the same level, then this is already a good reason to search for open source alternatives.
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