Open Source Science

On 2011-Apr-22, in Copyright, Open Source, physics, by paul

How many times have you been doing a literature search, found an article through searching on Google and then been frustrated that it costs 5,10, $20, or more dollars to gain access to an article? I find this too often to be the case. Why? It shouldn’t be that way. I think that scientific knowledge should be freely available but with copyright protections to benefit the author (not the publisher!).

Lawrence Lessig from Harvard recently gave a talk at CERN about this very issue. I think this should be required viewing for all in academia. Here’s the talk:

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