Feb 15, 2005

The case for open-source software in drug discovery

Drug Discovery Today
Warren L DeLano


Widespread adoption of open-source software for network infrastructure, web servers, code development, and operating systems leads one to ask how far it can go. Will "open source" spread broadly, or will it be restricted to niches frequented by hopeful hobbyists and midnight hackers? Here we identify reasons for the success of open-source software and predict how consumers in drug discovery will benefit from new open-source products that address their needs with increased flexibility and in ways complementary to proprietary options.

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Computer Programs and Programming
Drug Industry
Diffusion of Innovation
Software Tools
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