[IRTalk] Moral dimensions of Open, part 2: “the public paid for it, so the public should have access” | Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 13:32:04 SAST 2016

One of the most frequent arguments for open access is this: research is
funded primarily by the public — through taxes and charitable donations.
Therefore the public should have access to the resulting research.

On the face of it, this argument is unassailable. I can’t think of any
other area of government funded work that is handed over to corporations
for them to profit from. and unavailable to citizens without paying a
second time. The very idea sounds ridiculous.

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