James and the Giant Corn Genetics: Studying the Source Code of Nature

January 6, 2012

Open Access and Ecologists

Filed under: Uncategorized — James @ 4:22 pm

Jonathan Eisen has a new post up on his blog “The Tree of Life” tearing apart a letter from the Ecological Society of America (link is to a pdf). In the letter, the ESA comes out against the government requiring that papers funded by federal research dollars must be made available for free online after a set amount of time has passed since publication. Jonathan Eisen, one of the strongest voices in the open access movement, naturally finds this position disturbing. But why would a scientific society come out against the open dissemination of information? Here is my — entirely speculative — explanation. (more…)

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