More recently, I plugged the Roman DNA Project that has already exceeded its funding goal, and seems to be going strong. Kristina Killgrove promises:
Personally, I would prefer if project progress would be visible to the world at large, rather than only to project donors, in accordance with my default stance in favor of completely open science. Nonetheless, I appreciate that this limitation may serve as an incentive for donations. I hope that there will not be formal limitations barring donors from communicating news about the Project's progress to the community at large.
Donors will also be able to follow my progress through Twitter and blog feeds not available to the general public, getting real-time updates and learning the DNA results along with me.
The success of this and other projects from the SciFund challenge would be a very positive sign that regular people with a passion for science are willing to fund experts to do the kind of research they want. The funding and success of such endeavors may be the best answer to those who think that digging deeper into the public purse is the only way to advance science and education.
@dienekesp Funding will be released in mid-Dec. Samples shipped mid-Jan. First results expected 2-3 months after that.@dienekesp Depends on # of samples, but before summer will probably have all results.