CUDOS is an acronymn for an ideal-type model of a self-correcting epistemic community conceived of by Robert Merton. It stands for1:

  • C ommunism in data ownership
  • U niversalism in the application of standards to claims of evidence, regardless of sources
  • D isinterestedness in the sense that biases must be accounted for as much as possible
  • O rganized S keptism in discussion among the group to encourage dissent and engagement