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Thursday, February 03, 2005

Enhancing the worldwide science commons

John Barton, Preserving the Global Scientific and Technological Commons, February 3, 2005, a position paper, or preprint, for the Access to Knowledge Treaty. Excerpt: 'Science and technology require a commons of data, ideas, and insight. Everyone benefits from the openness of that commons. A scientist or engineer is more effective if he or she has access to the work of predecessors and this contribution will be greater if others have access to his or her work. The commons is global, not just national. Exchange of data and scientific communication across borders is not only part of the mythology of science; it also contributes to the rate of progress of science and technology. And the modern research-based corporation is itself global, combining research and personnel from all over the world.'