An Open Letter to the U.S. Congress

Various authors, Aug 31, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The open letter to the U.S. Congress signed by 25 Nobel prize winners has been released. It calls for support for open access to scientific materials. "When a woman goes online to find what treatment options are available to battle breast cancer, the cutting-edge, peer-reviewed research remains behind a high-fee barrier. Families looking to read clinical trial updates for a loved one with Huntington's disease search in vain because they do not have a journal subscription. Libraries, physicians, health care workers, students, researchers and thousands of academic institutions and companies are hindered by the costs and delays in making research widely accessible. CRLFCRLFThere's no question, open access truly expands shared knowledge across scientific fields -- it is the best path for accelerating multi-disciplinary breakthroughs in research." Via Open Access News.
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