Open access science
ASAPbio is supporting the idea of submitting your research to a pre-print server like bioRxiv, where work is freely available before it has gone through peer review. While peer review is certainly an important component of science, pre-print servers reduce the lag-time between science being completed and being published, a bottleneck which can (with reviewer-requested revisions) last weeks, months, and sometimes even years.
Dr. Rachel Harding, a CHDI funded postdoctoral fellow at The Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), University of Toronto working with Dr Cheryl Arrowsmith has gone one brave step further. Harding is real-time blogging her scientific discoveries as the results come in, hot off the bench, as well as depositing all the data to Zenodo, an online repository for scientific information funded by CERN. This offers fantastic insight into how the scientific process occurs, and gives those outside the academic bubble an opportunity to see how real science is actually done under the hood. It also lets those involved in Huntington's research (which I am, tangentially, at least) ask questions and make suggestions, facilitating lab-meeting like discussions on an international scale.