Onarbor is a startup university. Like all universities, it aims to help people publish and fund original science and art, collectively "works", as well as fund the reviews of these works. Reputation, which can thought of as a G.P.A., is built through voting on the works and reviews and by being invited to collaborate on works.
Works can be any type of digital content: documents, film, music, images, files, or HTML5 apps. Reviews of the works are in text. Funding for both the works and reviews occurs through the digital currencies, Dogecoin and Bitcoin. Funding amounts are set by the works/reviews creators and can be free or have a fixed floor with flexible ceiling. Dogecoin tipping, as made popular on Reddit, is also possible in the reviews' commenting threads. So to put into context to other sites you might know, Onarbor is part Kickstarter, part Stackoverflow, and part Github.
Onarbor launches with original research published by MIT and Harvard faculty (Tim Peterson, Onarbor's CEO, currently works in Harvard's Chemistry and Chemical Biology department) but publishing is open to anyone and Onarbor supports all academic disciplines, both the sciences and the arts.
The overarching idea for Onarbor is to provide academics with a rewarding, efficient, and yet highly collaborative environment to lessen our reliance on the myriad granting and publishing mechanisms we currently must navigate. Onarbor being a distributed university is an ideal platform to support such a mission.