Frankl in a nutshell

Jon Brock
Jon Brock
Jun 6, 2018 · 2 min read
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At Frankl our mission is to make open science easy and rewarding for scientists.

Open science is good science

Open science is the idea that science works best when it is conducted and reported transparently. The more information we have about a scientific study, the more confidence we can have in its results.

Open science also means that scientific data and methods can be repurposed and remixed to answer other questions and address real world problems.

Many of the challenges facing science stem from a lack of openness.

Science is facing a replication crisis. Across a wide range of scientific disciplines, important findings cannot be replicated by other scientists.

One reason is that scientific papers typically don’t include enough information about the methods, data, or analysis to allow exact replication or spot errors.

Another reason is selective reporting — studies that don’t find the desired effect often remain unpublished.

As a result, a huge amount of time and money is wasted on research that is effectively redundant.

Frankl Concept Explainer

Frankl exists to facilitate and incentivise open science

The Frankl concept has three core elements:

  1. Frankl applications build open science into the scientific workflow, helping scientists collect, store, and share their data.
  2. Blockchain technology allows tracking of scientific data — everyone can see where published data has come from and whether it is being selectively reported.
  3. The Frankl token enables access to Frankl applications and rewards scientists for sharing their data and their data collection protocols.
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Our initial focus is cognitive science…

We’re beginning the Frankl project with our own area of expertise — cognitive science — and an 8 billion dollar cognitive assessment market that’s ripe for disruption.

The Frankl model will be realised in the form of apps to assess cognitive abilities such as language, memory, and reading. Our first case uses are autism and dementia.

As well as researchers, Frankl cognitive assessments will help clinicians and educators and give individuals control of their own data.

…but the Frankl model is applicable to all areas of science.

To start with, the Frankl team will build applications in-house.

But in the second phase of the project we’ll release the code. And we’ll work with scientists — from cognitive science and beyond — to put their own data collection “apps” on the Frankl platform and make open science easy and rewarding for all scientists.


At Frankl, our mission is to make open science easy and rewarding for scientists. If you’d like to know more, you can read our whitepaper, check out our website, follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or join our Telegram channel.

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Frankl Open Science

Frankl - an open science platform on the ethereum blockchain

Jon Brock

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Jon Brock

Cognitive scientist, science writer, and co-founder of Frankl Open Science. Thoughts my own, subject to change.

Frankl Open Science

Frankl - an open science platform on the ethereum blockchain