[Irtalk] Schroer: The Cost of Knowledge | The Dartmouth

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 22:02:52 SAST 2015

Dartmouth is counted among the best universities in the world, so why is it
failing to lead on one of the world’s most pressing issues? Most of our
research — and most research in America — is published behind immense
paywalls that keep the American public and students and scholars in
developing nations from accessing the information they need. *Preventive
vaccines for the Ebola virus in primates were developed 14 years ago and
published in Nature, an international science journal, behind a $32 access
fee. Had this information been readily available to the general public
after its date of publication, a human vaccine could have potentially been
researched and tested prior to 2014’s Ebola crisis.* The open access
movement believes that if knowledge is power, then timely access to
information is an issue of global justice.

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