“The scientific method is not one uniform ‘method.’ It is a collection of scores of techniques and processes that has evolved over centuries (and continues to evolve). Each method is one small step that incrementally increases the unity of knowledge in society.” – http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/29382/title/Evolving-the-Scientific-Method/
‘Open science,’ refers to the idea where by findings and information may be accessible to anyone. The format of this means that there is a more lucid and progressive work flow for those involved with researching similar content. In my general opinion it is a fantastic notion as dissolves the ability for companies to privatise research that could otherwise help the wider populous. Of course this idea needs to be filtered to some extent, much like wikipedia ect, although generally speaking freedom of information is important in order to create a more equal society.