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posted on 14.02.2012, 09:59 by Open Science FederationOpen Science Federation, Jarrett ByrnesJarrett Byrnes, Zen FaulkesZen Faulkes, Jai Ranganathan, Open Science

SciFund results and data were discussed partly by Zen Faulkes, who also led a succesfully funded project, at and in social media such as in this comment, "Funding was correlated to likes on Facebook" in!/DoctorZen/status/169213149759807488. Data were shared via a Google Document at the link below and had been compiled from public sources.

About SciFund: The #SciFund Challenge raised over $75,000 for science, from 1440 contributors!  

What? Can scientists raise money for their research by convincing the general public to open their wallets for small-amount donations? The process is called crowdfunding. 

Who? Forty-nine scientists from a wide variety of disciplines (ecology to computer science to applied math) in five countries signed on to crowdfund their research.

When? November 1-December 15, 2011.

Where? The #SciFund Challenge was run through RocketHub, a major crowdfunding platform on the Internet. A blog was the community hub for the Challenge,


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