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Sunday, August 29, 2004

Biodiversity requires OA

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) has released an issues paper, Sharing Information with Confidence: 'The Biodiversity Commons', May 2004. Excerpt: "Good information is critically important to good conservation of biodiversity and there is a recognition that we all need to share information far more regularly and openly than in the past. The cultural shift towards making information more readily available is already underway. The aim of the current report is to chart and analyse this change in relation to information on biodiversity, and to suggest how biodiversity information can be managed cooperatively, allowing greater access to data that will improve global responses to the challenges of biodiversity loss, climate change and ecosystem degradation." Section 2 (pp. 8-10) is devoted to open access; the remaining sections apply these ideas to literature and data on biodiversity. (Thanks to Charlotte Hess.)