As researcher Rachel Harding works away in her Toronto lab, she breaking scientific ground with more than just her discoveries.

She publishing her lab notes and data online along with blogging about her work in lay language at She believed to be the first biomedical researcher to open access to work in real time rather than waiting for experiments to be completed or their results published.

When other researchers see what she doing, they can choose to build on it, use it to inspire their own work or simply take note to avoid duplication.

Űne of the biggest problems in the way academic science is done is everyone is kind of sitting in their own corner, not really talking too much to each and not sharing with everything,? said Harding, who researching the huntingtin protein, which is linked to the cognitive and physical decline of Huntington disease.

Ŧverything is being duplicated, and it the person who gets to the one point where they can publish first who gets the glory.?

The movement toward open access to scientific data movement is meant to create collaboration among researchers around the world and speed up discoveries. But, openness isn the norm in the world of academic research. That because the money that needed to sustain the work is often tied to making big discoveries instead of the incremental breakthroughs those discoveries are built upon, Harding said.

ŵhe biggest risk about being open from the beginning is someone can come in, see what youe done, leave out all the experiments that didn workhich obviously, is going to happennd they can reach then end goal more quickly than you, scooping you on your own work,? Harding said.

ţut the goal here is that it isn a super competitive thing and we work as a community rather than out-compete each other.?