Nobel Prize Winning Scientists Say Federally Funded Research Should Be Available Free Online

from the good-for-them dept

For many years, there's been a lot of debate over the fact that many scientific journals effectively lock up the results of federally funded research in expensive journals that are inaccessible to the public -- including many other researchers. Locking up useful research is troubling enough, but when it's federally funded, it's really problematic. Many scientists are quite troubled by this, and Glyn Moody points out that a group of Nobel Prize-winning scientists has now urged Congress to require federally-funded research to be freely available online. Really, they're pushing in favor of a new law, the The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2009, which seems to make a lot of sense. If the government is funding the research, the more widely available it is, the better.

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    Doctor Strange, 11 Nov 2009 @ 11:32pm

    Re: Re: Like intellectual property

    Our scientists and general population only respects the almighty dollar. It is a shame that no art, science, discovery, innovation can ever be performed as a service toward the public rather than being seen as a profitable investment.

    Do you actually know any scientists? In real life? The ones played by Jeff Goldblum in the movies don't count.

    Now I don't know every scientist, and I haven't surveyed a statistically significant number of them about their motivations. However, I probably know more scientists than the average person. In fact, the majority of people I socialize with on a daily basis are scientists of some sort, and on the whole I think you'd find them (and their motivations) to be quite a bit more interesting and nuanced than your infantile preconceptions.

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